A New Jersey school board member resigned on Friday after drawing fire for anti-Muslim Facebook posts, including one saying, “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the school district said.
Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz had come under pressure to resign after attention was drawn to the posts on her personal Facebook account.
The agenda for the board’s Tuesday meeting includes Schools Superintendent Anthony Grieco’s recommendation that the panel accept Gryskiewicz’s resignation, effective immediately.
Gryskiewicz this year had urged Muslims to “stay in your desserts and follow your religion in your own countries,” the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said in a statement.
She also wrote, “Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you,” CAIR said.
The Record newspaper said Gryskiewicz had cited concerns about her family’s safety in quitting the board in Elmwood Park, a township about 10 miles (16 km) west of New York.
Gryskiewicz was elected in November and sworn into office in January. The Facebook page has been taken down.
Grieco had called the statements “hurtful and offensive” and said they had disrupted the school day.
CAIR said a high school student called attention to the posts at a board meeting last month.
Humza Yousuf, 17, said Gryskiewicz’s comments offended him. Yousuk is Muslim and his parents are Pakistani immigrants. He is student body president at Elmwood Park Memorial High School.
Principal David Warner demanded Gryskiewicz’s resignation. The call was echoed by students, CAIR, several school board members, teachers union officials, state legislators and others.