Jim Andre resigns as central Alberta trustee over racist tweets
Battle River School Board accepts resignation unanimously
A central Alberta school trustee, accused of tweeting racist, sexist and homophobic material has resigned.
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Jim Andre, a newly-elected trustee for the Battle River School Division based in Camrose, tweeted and retweeted profane comments and jokes denigrating black, aboriginal, Jewish people and others.
"I would like to apologize to all the people who voted for me and to the communities I represented," he said In a written statement to the media. "In no way did I intend for this to happen."
He also said he would not be doing any more interviews.
"I will not go into specifics as to why I am stepping down, I will only say I do not want to tarnish the reputation of the board of trustees any further."
His fellow trustees unanimously accepted his resignation — tendered this weekend — at a special Battle River School Board meeting this morning.
While Andre's tweets date back to May, the board was only made aware of them at an organizational meeting on Oct. 31st.
Last week he denied he was racist or homophobic, saying he was only passing on what he believed to be humorous jokes he found on Twitter.
School board chairman Kendall Severson says the district is now working on a new social media policy.
"It's a draft policy we've been working on to catch up with this digital world we've been living in," he said. "I guess we'll be putting that on the front burner now."
Severson said he's relieved that Andre has resigned.