Michigan School Board Member Resigns for ‘Shoot Kids with Allergies’ Joke

Clawson School Board member Linda Grossmann joked at a Nov. 10, 2014, meeting that the district should shoot students with allergies. (Photo: Screen grab from YouTube video)
Clawson School Board member Linda Grossmann joked at a Nov. 10, 2014, meeting that the district should shoot students with allergies.
(Photo: Screen grab from YouTube video)

A school board member has resigned after public uproar over a joke she made at a meeting about shooting students with allergies.

The topic of students’ food allergies was being discussed at a Nov. 10 board meeting when Trustee Linda Grossmann said, “Well, you should just shoot them,” according to a video of the meeting posted on YouTube.

“We were stunned and saddened by a comment recently made by a member of the Board of Education of Clawson Public Schools,” read a statement posted on the district’s website.

“Although the comment was an inappropriate attempt at humor, it was most insensitive, and has resulted in the resignation” of Grossmann, the statement read. “It does not represent the views of our district nor our Board of Education.”

The statement wasn’t enough for some, including Heather Maurer, whose son has a nut allergy and is a fourth-grader at Schalm Elementary. She noted that some in the audience, and at least a couple of the board members now condemning Grossmann’s comment, could be heard laughing in a video of the meeting.

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Source: USA Today | Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press

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