NY Schools Official Resigns After Calling Parent 'Chubby Wubby'

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:19 AM

 

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A New York school board president who described a PTA parent as "chubby wubby" during a public meeting has resigned.

The Journal News says Ray Cote's resignation was announced at a Mahopac Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

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The school district's attorney says Cote also withdrew his candidacy for re-election.

Cote issued an apology. He called words his "inappropriate" and said they "do not reflect my feelings or attitudes."

He made the remark during a board meeting last month. It was broadcast on a local cable access station and live-streamed on the Internet.

"Oh, I know, I know," Cote says. "This one here, 'Chubby wubby.' She gets fatter and fatter at every meeting. She really does."

The remarks were directed at a mother of six and long-time school district volunteer.

Cote is a member of a diversity and sensitivity initiative created following racist tweets posted by some Mahopac students during a basketball game.

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