Embattled New Hope-Solebury School Board Member Douglas J. McDonough apologized at the beginning of a roller coaster public meeting Monday evening for a Facebook post which drew the ire of local residents. But that apology did not effectively quell the anger of many in attendance, who continued throughout the remainder of the evening to call for his resignation.
As speaker after speaker approached the microphone from the audience, it became obvious that those demanding McDonough resign from the board greatly outnumbered those who agreed that the social media post was unacceptable, but made the case for forgiving his mistake.
Perhaps the most eloquent and moving orators of the evening were the New Hope-Solebury students who bravely strode to the podium and spoke of their feelings of anger and fear, and demanded that the adults in attendance start practicing what they teach.
At meeting’s end, the school board agreed to consider extending the district’s anti-bullying policy to their members at a scheduled public meeting on Dec. 19, and several attendees made clear that they would continue holding the school board’s feet to the fire on a controversy that shows no sign of fading quickly.