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Parents want school board president to resign

LA MESA, Calif., (KGTV) - A school board president accused of making offensive comments about students is standing by his words. David Chong is the president of the La Mesa School Board and also the owner of a gun store. In the Spring he posted a video to his business’s Facebook page in which he said, “we have half our lawmakers taking firearms policy advice from kids who were eating tide pods last week.” Some parents, teachers and students took offense to the remarks and began calling for an apology. Community members spoke at the school board meeting Tuesday night calling for his resignation. The board did not comment on the matter at the meeting and has previously said they do not have the power to remove a board member — only the public can in elections. Chong says he has not intention to resign and that his detractors are making his words a political stunt. “There’s no end game for them other than to be bullies from a pulpit where there protected from me contesting their misstatements or outright lies,” said Chong on not being allowed to reply to parents’ remarks during public comment as part of school board decorum. Chong has served on the school board for four years and is up for re-election in November. “We can’t be teaching our students that if you protest loudly enough and you scream in enough venues then eventually people will tire whatever you’re against and they’ll just give you your way,” said Chong “that’s childish of society.”

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