Owosso School President resigns over racially insensitive social media post

Jenc said the post has been deleted.
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:36 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -(07/15/2020)- The Owosso School Board President is off the job-- following what some say is a racially insensitive social media post.

”He owes an apology to his students, to his staff. That should have been the thing that he did,” said Owosso resident, Kimberly Baltimore.

An apology for a Facebook post by Jenc, questions why it’s okay to celebrate black lives...history and pride.

A post that some in the community like Kimberly Baltimore- found offensive.

“I was in shock more than anything that somebody that is supposed to represent this school board community and be in charge of the education of our community children could post something that was so insensitive towards race, especially during a time like this,” she said.

The lengthy post was shared by Jenc from another post, last month.

ABC12 reached out to Jenc and superintendent Dr. Andrea Tuttle. Both released a statement, addressing the post.

"After nearly 12 years of service on the Owosso Public Schools Board of Education, Board President Mr. Tim Jenc has resigned, effective July 14th, 2020.

“Owosso Public Schools and our community will continue working together to dissolve systemic racism,”said superintendent, Dr. Andrea Tuttle.

Jenc released his resignation letter to ABC 12.

“I hope you know that I did not ever intend for the district in which I loved and supported my entire life this this kind of negative publicity and am sincerely sorry for this to ever happened,” Jenc said.

Jenc said the post has been deleted.

Baltimore hopes the costly lesson is one everyone in the community can learn from.

“I hope it shakes up things within the school system, throughout our community, hopefully other communities as well, but especially ours. That they know that we are serious about this, and we are serious about change,” Baltimore said.

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