Keller ISD sets meeting to discuss trustee's anti-Muslim comment

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by JENNY DOREN

WFAA

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

KELLER — A Facebook post from newly-elected Keller Independent School District trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann has left parents shocked.

"It's definitely discouraging," said Leslie O'Brien, a mother of two.

Keisha Lindsey agrees.

"It's kind of sad to know that in this day and age that's still happening," she said.

Haussman used the social network to air her displeasure with voters over last month's City Council election in Southlake:

"Do you realize because SO FEW voters took the time and responsibility to VOTE in the municipal elections - YOU NOW HAVE A 'MUSLIM' on the City Council!!! What A SHAME!!!!"

That post was quickly deleted, but not before voters started crying foul.

The comment in question referred to Southlake City Council member Shahid Shafi.

Alia Salem, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said it's a shame a public official would blast such an opinionated and controversial comment on social media.

"On a personal level, I was deeply saddened," Salem said, adding that Haussmann should resign. “We want to get to a point where Muslims are not made to feel as though they are not part of the society."

On Monday, Haussmann told our media partners at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram she is "very burned."

"I can’t believe I did anything so stupid," she conceded. "I made an extremely inappropriate comment on Facebook and I wanted to publicly apologize for my statement ... I’m very sorry for the hurt I have caused."

Councilman Shahid addressed the controversy on his Facebook page.

"I do not pay much attention to such comments as they are not a true reflection of this great society," he said. "Ms. Haussmann’s comments are unfortunate, and she called me today to apologize."

"It's up to the citizens of Keller ISD to decide their response," Shahid added.

The Keller school board released a statement Monday evening saying trustees were “disheartened and highly offended” by the recent comments made Haussmann.

“The trustees feel strongly that KISD is a district that cannot tolerate any form of hatred, bigotry or intolerance,” the statement said. “The officers will be calling a special meeting in the coming days to address this issue.”

That meeting has now been called for Monday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Keller ISD Education Center Boardroom, 350 Keller Parkway.

“We want our community to know that this behavior by a board member is unacceptable, and that it will be addressed,” Board President Jim Stitt said. “As leaders of this district, we expect board members to promote respect and care for all members of our community.”

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