Plum school board member to resign over anti-Muslim Facebook share
A Plum school board member who came under fire for sharing an anti-Muslim Facebook post is resigning, according to a meeting agenda.
Plum school board members have scheduled a special meeting Saturday to approve the resignation of a board member Brian Wisniewski who caused outrage by sharing the post . The post showed a picture of a man holding a gun with the American flag as a backdrop with these words: “Does it worry anybody that we have three devout Muslims in Congress who have unlimited access to our TOP SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS?”
A call to Wisniewski was not returned. He initially claimed the social media share was accidental.
The board agenda says members will meet at 9 a.m. to “recommend the approval to accept the resignation of Mr. Brian Wisniewski as a Plum Borough School District Board member.”
Board members will also vote to advertise the vacant board position during the meeting that will take place at the school district’s library at 900 Elicker Road. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, said a legal ad notice.
Calls to current board members seeking comment were not immediately returned.
Some Plum residents and the NAACP Allegheny East Branch called for Wisniewski’s resignation after learning the board member shared the post Feb. 1 to his personal Facebook account.
Wisniewski responded in a prepared statement Tuesday contending the share was an accident.
“This specific meme was shared in succession with other varying topic memes that I shared,” he said. “I do not agree with the post.”
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.