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Parents in Wayne Central School District ask for removal of former Vice President from board

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The mother of a young boy who committed suicide last fall was among those making a special plea to the Wayne Central School Board Thursday night. 

11-year-old Luke Burns took his own life last fall. In May, his mother Fran spoke out after the Vice President of the School Board used Facebook to make derogatory comments about other people. 

At the board meeting Thursday night, Fran Burns spoke again, noting that after her son’s death, the school addressed bullying and suicide. She argued that the same standards should be applied to school officials. 

“I’m very disappointed,” said Burns.  “They’re suspending kids, expelling kids for comments they make on social media.  They’re giving kids detention and holding kids responsible.  But the adults on our school board are not responsible for similar comments they’re making about people in general.”

Other parents presented a petition to the board, asking that Philip McTigue be removed. His term has expired, and he was not nominated to serve again as Vice President, however, he is still on the board. 

The petition contained approximately 160 signatures. McTigue has said that when he called other people names, it was a joke. 

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