LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington One School District says they were "deeply offended" by the racially-charged comments a board member made on Facebook, who resigned on Monday.
But in a report from the Lexington Ledger, Grady Harmon said pain medications he was prescribed following a recent back surgery may have created "gaps in my memory" that "gaps in my memory and I could lose whole periods of time without remembering what I had done or said."
In an announcement from Lexington District One on Monday, the board of trustees was made aware "about a situation...over the weekend" regarding Harmon.
"As a result of that meeting, Mr. Harmon resigned from the Board of Trustees effective immediately due to personal reasons," the school board's statement said. "In his resignation letter, Mr. Harmon stated that he found it impossible to complete his term of office for personal reasons which included that of his health and the health of his immediate family members."
But in screenshots of comments made from an account associated with Harmon on the Facebook page "The Newly Press," his reaction to a post may have been the cause of his resignation.
The Facebook post Harmon commented on reads: "Why is it OK for every race to be proud of their heritage except for white people?"
Harmon's responses include telling a woman that "you can always move to Africa" in addition to a number of other disparaging comments regarding the socioeconomic status, intellect, and criminal background of African Americans.
"The Newly Press" posts daily "in support of President Donald Trump" and his administration and its description ask the more than 217,000 followers to "join their movement." The page posts memes regularly against the media and perceived opponents of the president and other fundamental beliefs.
In response to the comments in question, Lexington District 1 released the following statement:
Attempts by WIS to reach Harmon have not been successful. But Harmon did give a statement to Paul Kirby of the Lexington Ledger, saying he did not recall "making any racial or derogatory comments on any social media site or in person to or about anyone."
"I don't even recall ever visiting the page that my accusers refer to. Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been a watchdog for the common people of District One," Harmon told the Ledger.
Harmon did disclose to Kirby that his wife is battling cancer, in addition to his own health issues and he and his family would like to "rest and recover in peace" at this time.
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