BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In a seven to one vote, the BREC commission approved a request to remove school board member Connie Bernard from the panel.
“This was an opportunity to just simply tell the public look we received emails we received conversations we heard you and we had to do something,” Jerry Jones said.
Bernard has been in hot water after her controversial remarks about General Robert E. Lee, the namesake of Lee high school.
Bernard was also caught on camera appearing to online shop during discussion about renaming the school.
“I would hope that they would learn a little bit more about General Lee,” Bernard said in an interview on Jun 10. “He was tasked with the job of doing something with those people who lived in bondage to that planation the slaves and he freed them.”
Bernard has since apologized for her comments and the video at the school board meeting. While some BREC members were adamant that Bernard’s behavior was bringing backlash others felt differently.
“We wanted to say we would like [the EBR school board president] to send someone else because of the type of attention and negative attention that it was getting.”
“I think it opens up more wounds than it does any healing, this is a school board matter,” William Scheffy said.
We reached out for comment from Bernard about the vote, but she did not get back to us.
Now that the resolution has passed, some commissioners say they hope the EBR school board will take action and remove Bernard from her role on the BREC commission so they can get back to what’s important.