The State Board of Education voted this morning not to remove President Debe Terhar because of a social media posting some critics said seemed to compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
The board voted 10-6 against removing her as president.
The vote came after Terhar apologized to the board and the public for her “error in judgment.”
In another development, the Ohio Democratic Party filed lawsuit seeking access to her cell phone and other records.
Democrats went directly to the Ohio Supreme Court with a suit filed asking the justices to force Ohio Department of Education officials to turn over all records related to what the suit called Tehar’s “inflammatory comment.”
The department initially said the records don’t exist, but a published account of one of her phone text messages on the subject subsequently surfaced.
At the meeting, Terhar said he was sorry for the Hitler reference.
“I sincerely apologize for and truly regret my hasty action,” she said in a statement. “It was never my desire or my intention to offend anyone at any time.”
Terhar said her “error in judgment must not delay any of the valuable work of this board.”
Following the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s call for tighter gun laws, Terhar drew fire for posting on her Facebook page a photograph of Hitler along with this quote: “Never forget what this tyrant said, ‘To conquer a nation first disarm its citizens’ — Adolf Hitler.” Critics said the posting seemed to compare the president to the Nazi leader responsible for millions of deaths in World War II.
Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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