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Provocative exchange follows heated MASD meeting
Related story: School Board Meeting Marked By Heated Rhetoric
A McKeesport Area School Director apologized on social media following an angry exchange with a member of the public at the end of Tuesday night’s board meeting.
During the meeting, School Director Jim Brown had referred to the lengthy, tense proceedings as “a sh-t show.”
Following the meeting, as Brown was speaking to a reporter from Tube City Almanac, a resident accosted Brown and told him, “You’re the cause of the sh-t show, just by the way you conduct yourselves. Tone it down, tone it down, tone it down.”
Brown responded with profanity and an offensive word, telling the resident, “Hey, you better get away from me. What’s wrong with this dude?”
Another attendee asked Brown what was said.
Brown replied, “What’s wrong with him? He just ran up on me like, ‘You’re the sh-t show,’” then told the unidentified man, “You better get the f--k out of here. You’re the sh-t show.”
Several longtime school board observers, who asked not to be quoted by name, said following the meeting that the incendiary rhetoric seemed to have been spurred on by numerous inflammatory comments posted to Facebook days prior to the meeting.
Many of the Facebook posts concerned the upcoming school board election.
Brown later apologized for his remarks on his personal Facebook page.
“I just want to start by saying that I apologize to everyone that was there at the meeting last night,” he wrote Wednesday. “The choice of words that I (used) could’ve been better but at the same time if you’re attacking me or my family (all) the respect pretty much goes out the door with me — once again I apologize to everyone that I may have offended last night.”
Adam Reinherz is a freelance writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published September 28, 2023.