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Calls for School Board Candidate-Elect to Resign for Comment on Sandy Hook Facebook Post

Comment voicing a pro-gun sentiment on Sandy Hook anniversary post has stirred up calls for Greg Beck to step down.

Board of Education candidate-elect Gregory Beck. Photo Credit: Aaron Boyd
Board of Education candidate-elect Gregory Beck. Photo Credit: Aaron Boyd
A Brookfield Party (ABP) candidate-elect for the Board of Education (BOE) Greg Beck’s comment on a Facebook link to a Newtown Patch post about the anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary has led to calls for Beck to step down before taking office — calls from residents, outgoing BOE members and local Republican leadership.

In the comment, in reference to a post asking readers to practice 26 Days of Kindness, Beck wrote, “I shall buy my friends who are gun enthusiasts a box of ammunition on days 1-26.”

The comment [see above] was removed Tuesday afternoon.

The Republican Town Committee (RTC) released a statement Tuesday night asking for Beck’s resignation.

“The Brookfield Republican Town Committee strongly condemns the statements made by Greg Beck on Facebook on 11/19/13 and requests that he step down from the Board of Education in light of making them,” according to the statement sent from RTC Secretary Matt Grimes and Cc’d to Chairman Marty Flynn and Vice Chairman Greg Dembowski.

Beck said Tuesday night that he would issue a statement on Wednesday.

ABP Chairman Rob Gianazza defended the candidate on Patch while condemning the comment as a mistake.

“Greg made a Facebook post expressing his frustration at the anti-gun antagonists, not at the people of Newtown,” Gianazza wrote. “Does Greg owe an explanation of his post and to own it? You bet, and I will encourage him to do just that. Will I ask him to step down? Not in this lifetime.”

A post on by Glenn Brown on the Brookfield Patch Speak Out board asked if Beck should be responsible for Brookfield children and linked to another post stating that he should be removed from office.

“I think it displays a serious lack of judgment,” poster Ignorance_is_Dangerous commented, “one so major that it does call into question if he is someone we want representing the views and sentiments of Brookfield — specifically regarding children & education.”

Outgoing BOE Chairman Ray DiStephan called the comment, “absolutely inexcusable,” twice, using all caps the second time.
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Read more comments on the Brookfield Patch Speak Out board.
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Steven R DeVaux November 25, 2013 at 07:06 AM
They have for the last four years.
JM November 25, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Steven, go easy on your friend Robin Appleby. He's always sticking up for you.
David Pearson November 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Living in Norwalk, I've been following this thread for a few days. This story's not about gun rights, not about who's for and who's against. Nor is it about political party infighting in Brookfield. It's about a guy who made a thoughtless, heartless comment directly connected to a local tragedy. He would not have made his comment if there wasn't a '26 days of kindness' activity going around. For him to use that as his launching pad is shameful, and it took critical feedback for him to realize that? Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the first since the massacre, and friends of mine in Newtown don't need to have comments like his in their minds and hearts. I'll accept his apology once he goes the next step: have a long look in the mirror and resign from the BOE position. The students, parents and community deserve better.
David Pearson November 26, 2013 at 09:40 PM
p.s. Just read this on Newtown's FB page, which is what their 26 acts of kindness is all about (and G.Beck had the gall to make his comment based on what Newtown's message is?) "We Are Newtown ‪#‎26ActsOfKindness‬ ‪#‎WeAreNewtown‬ From Erica: I work in Times Square, today I brought a bouquet of flowers to one of the workers in Starbucks and told her it was in memory of the 26 children and teachers whose lives were lost. I told her I wanted nothing in return but asked of her to please pass along the kind act to some random person. She laughed and said that wouldn't be hard as there are many random people throughout the city. This put a huge smile on my face as I hope it does yours!"

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