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Burlington School Board member apologizes for controversial social media posts

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Some Burlington parents are upset over a school board member's Facebook posts. 

Seven Days reports parents are describing David Kirk's posts as racially insensitive, degrading to women and demeaning to students.  Concerned citizens sent them to us.  One has since been taken down.  It features a confederate flag next to a picture of two black men with their jeans below their boxer shorts. 

Originally Kirk told WCAX, "everything I posted is for entertainment and that everyone is entitled to interpret things the way they want," adding "they are not meant to be racist." 

Kirk said despite calls from parents for him to resign, he's not going anywhere.

On Wednesday Kirk issued an apology saying, 

“At this time I would like to most sincerely apologize to the citizens of Burlington for a number of inappropriate social media posts.

In the age of social media where we move at lightning speed, it is all too easy to simply repost and share items, sometimes carelessly, with a click of a button that may be hurtful to others.  These posts are not a reflection of me, my family, my constituents, and the decades of community service I have provided in Burlington. 

These posts were inexcusable and they have been removed.”

Meanwhile, Burlington's school board and the teachers union are back at the bargaining table. Teachers plan to strike Thursday if the board and the union don't come to an agreement.

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