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Marion School Board president steps down after backlash over Facebook post supporting Roseanne Barr

She will finish her term as a board member
Posted at 8:39 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 02:14:15-04

MARION, Ind. -- The Marion Community Schools board president has stepped down from her position following backlash over a post that she shared on her personal social media page in support of actress Roseanne Barr. 

Cathy Mortiz emailed her resignation to the rest of the board on Thursday saying "I am sorry for the message that was conveyed"

READ | ABC cancels 'Roseanne' in light of 'Planet of the Apes' tweet | 

In the message, Moritz said she plans to serve out her elected tenure and use her situation as a "learning opportunity" for herself and the community. 

"For the integrity of this board and out of love for this community, I am stepping down from my position as president of the Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees.

As I have said before, I am sorry for the message that was conveyed.

I plan to serve out my elected tenure, and I am committed to working with my fellow board members and the community, including the local NAACP, to make this a learning opportunity for myself as well as the community."

According to the Chronicle Tribune, Cathy Moritz' issued an apology Wednesday on her Facebook after sharing a meme posted by a page called "Conservative Women" that showed a photo of the actress and the words: "We stand with Roseanne. Share if you do too."

"I had not read her tweet. I do not follow her on social media or watch her shows. As soon as I found out how vulgar and disgusting the tweet was, I was embarrassed and saddened that I had so quickly jumped to her defense without knowing the entire situation." - Moritz' apology read in part. 

ABC announced they were canceling the "Roseanne" revival on Tuesday, despite high ratings after Barr Tweeted a racially charged comment about a former adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. 

READ | Roseanne joins list of other celebrities fired for offensive behavior | Trump tweets about Roseanne, says Disney CEO owes him an apology

Barr's tweet read: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."

The actress deleted the tweet and apologized for her post after being corrected and called out by several others on social media, but the damage had already been done. 

It is unclear at this time who will replace Moritz as president of the Marion Community Schools board. 




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