TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey educational committee part will probably confront a morals examination for sharing posts trashing of Muslims, including two Democratic congresswomen, on his own Facebook page.
The posts incorporate one that expresses, “my life would be finished on the off chance that she/they bite the dust” over a photo of a U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who is Muslim.
Educational committee Attorney Stephan R. Leone said Tuesday that the remarks on Leonard’s Facebook page “are absolutely improper, not overlooked by the Board of Education, and don’t mirror the board’s frame of mind or conclusions.”
Leonard, 42, of Beachwood, speaks to that town on the nine-part territorial educational committee. He was chosen for the board in 2016 and is looking for re-appointment in November.
Leone, the educational committee lawyer, said that the board “will figure out what educational committee morals infringement may have happened, and we are going to make fitting move.”
The lawyer’s remarks came after the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for Leonard to leave for sharing “bigot and Islamophobic posts” on his Facebook account.
Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard, who speaks to Beachwood on the nine-part educational committee
Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard, who speaks to Beachwood on the nine-part educational committee (Photo: Toms RIver Regional schools)
“The extremist, disdainful and undermining internet based life posts shared by this chosen leading body of training authority serve to exclude him for any position that has duty regarding the wellbeing, security and prosperity of New Jersey’s differing understudy body,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues in an announcement.
“The intolerant perspectives communicated by Mr. Leonard have no spot in an instructive framework that tries to praise assorted variety and support understudies all things considered and foundations to exceed expectations educationally and to make positive commitments to our general public.”
Notwithstanding the post about Tlaib, CAIR-NJ featured two different posts from Leonard’s “D.P. Leonard” Facebook page.
One highlights a photograph of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. — who is likewise a Muslim — with the remark, “Terrorist….100 percent.”
The third post is a picture of a wounded Barbie doll in a head scarf. “Sharia Barbie, Comes with Jihab [sic], wounds, and Quran, Stoning frill accessible for extra buy.
“Jihab,” CAIR-NJ notes, is an evident reference to the Islamic head scarf, really known as a “hijab.”
April post by Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard, on his own Facebook page
April post by Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard, on his own Facebook page (Photo: Council on American-Islamic Relations-NJ)
Leonard said he would have no remark on CAIR-NJ’s public statement or on Leone’s announcement.
“In the event that it’s on my Facebook page, you can utilize it,” he said. Leonard would neither affirm nor deny that he made the posts featured by CAIR-NJ.
The Board of Education is planned to meet Wednesday at Toms River High School North in an official session pursued by an open gathering at 7:30 p.m.
CAIR-NJ Executive Director Sues said the association was alarmed to the counter Muslim posts in an unknown email.
“He said his life will be finished on the off chance that they pass on; that is somewhat undermining,” Sues said. “He’s indicated the two Muslim ladies in Congress. It’s conspicuous he has some quite significant issues with Muslims.”
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Tlaib and Omar were chosen in November and are the main Muslim ladies to serve in Congress.
A week ago, the two, alongside Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., were focused for rehashed assaults by President Donald Trump on Twitter and in battle comments and meetings.
April post by Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard on his own Facebook page
April post by Toms River Regional Board of Education part Dan Leonard on his own Facebook page (Photo: Council of American-Islamic Relations-NJ)
The president touched off a firestorm July 14 when he proposed on Twitter that “they return and help fix the completely broken and wrongdoing plagued places from which they came,” despite the fact that three of the four administrators were conceived in the U.S. and every one of the four are American natives.
Leonard, a staunch Trump supporter, is an enriched battle veteran who filled in as a paratrooper in the U.S. Armed force’s 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, and he’s recently told the Press that he is battling with neurological-related medical problems associated with his military administration.
He is no more odd to discussion. He every now and again put-down or slams the individuals who challenge his perspectives utilizing his own Facebook page or his “Group Leonard” battle page.
“It’s intelligent of the board, it is anything but a decent initiative quality for our younger students,” Leone, the lawyer, said of the counter Muslim posts. “We lament that Dan, who has generally served well, has ended up in these sorts of circumstances.”
The state instruction magistrate may expel a board part from office for disregarding the New Jersey School Ethics Act, as indicated by state law. The magistrate could act in the wake of accepting a suggestion by the School Ethics Commission.
On July 6, Leonard was accused of careless driving after observers said he pursued another driver at a high rate of speed, lost control of his truck and slid off Hooper Avenue, striking a tree, police said. A patrolman’s report portrayed Leonard as “unsettled” and “uncooperative.”