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Beck Intends to Resign from Board of Ed Over Sandy Hook Comment

Beck stated his intention to resign in an email Tuesday.

Before parents could ask newly elected Board of Education (BOE) member Greg Beck to step down once again at Tuesday’s meeting, Chairman Scott McCarthy told those in attendance that Beck intends to resign.

Beck has yet to submit an official resignation to the Town Clerk’s Office, however his party chairman confirmed Tuesday that Beck will be stepping down.

Efforts to reach Beck Tuesday evening were not immediately returned.

Pressure for Beck to step down has been consistent since the 26-year-old emergency dispatcher, who was elected in November on the new third-party A Brookfield Party (ABP), posted a comment on post about acts of kindness leading up to the anniversary of Sandy Hook. The comment stated that Beck’s acts of kindness would be to buy ammunition for his gun-enthusiast friends.

Beck quickly removed the comment, however those who were offended by the post have kept pressure on him to resign.

Brookfield (and some Newtown) residents have been at every BOE meeting since the comment was posted on Nov. 19 and two complaints have been filed with the Board of Ethics.

The Board of Ethics found probable cause in both complaints and is scheduled to start a hearing on Thursday morning.

ABP Chairman Robert Gianazza said he received an email from Beck Tuesday afternoon stating his intention to resign from the board.

Beck’s email did not state why he chose to step down now, according to Gianazza, but said that he discussed it with his family and it was a “very personal decision.”

Gianazza said he supports Beck’s decision, though he did not try to persuade him in either direction.

Gianazza also said he will be going through the town’s list of independent voters for potential candidates to fill the vacancy and will make recommendations to the BOE, though it will ultimately be their decision.
Alex Shamar January 08, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Good for him. Now that he will resign, he can once again have Free Speech rights, since you emotional and liberal harpies bullied him into silence. Shame on you!
Paul Bahre January 08, 2014 at 09:04 AM
I guess there is no free speech. If you guys don't like him on the board then don't re-elect him. That is the correct process.
Becky Carvell January 08, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Mr. Beck has always had his First Amendment rights. The government has not imprisoned him for anything he has said.
Sal Ruggiero January 08, 2014 at 09:10 AM
He has Free Speech and always did. That does not mean there are not consequences to what you say or, in this case, post on Facebook. He made an egregious error in judgement that was heartless and showed a clear lack of compassion to everyone affected by that tragedy. He clearly struck a nerve with a large number of people and rightfully so. He made the right decision. It was in the best interest of the town of Brookfield and the BOE. Now the BOE can move on in the best interests of the children of Brookfield and not have this distraction hanging over them.
Glenn Brown January 08, 2014 at 09:17 AM
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Concerned January 08, 2014 at 11:15 AM
@Alex and Paul - he's always had his free speech rights. You are just upset the citizens voiced theirs as well.
Alex Shamar January 08, 2014 at 11:57 AM
@Concerned, not upset at all. A blind man could have seen this coming from a mile away. The bullying and harassment Mr. Beck has faced is shameful to those who say they espouse "Free Speech", as long as it suits them. Epic fail on your part.
Emanon Emanon January 08, 2014 at 12:16 PM
As someone who has never called for his resignation (I still think he was acting well within the confines of the platform that he ran on, though I find that platform despicable) the one thing that was missing from Greg Beck was any statement as to why he was staying on the board. Never once did he share with the community why he felt he was best for Brookfield. He simply stated that he felt he was the best candidate. He never came forward with an argument for staying. Never shared what he wanted to achieve as a member of the BOE. All he offered was a wimpy apology, and then silence. If he had truly wanted to remain, he should have shared with the community why, despite the uproar against him, he should stay. His "freedom of speech" should have extended a bit further and demonstrated why the community should forgive and give him a chance. It never did, and this was the result.
John Hawley January 08, 2014 at 12:38 PM
What a lot of people seem to be missing is the fact that perception is reality. Each side has it's right to debate in any way each sees fit no matter how obnoxious some of the arguments became. When a public official makes a statement that Beck made in the face of horror he stained himself, his Party, and the credibility of each. That was not going away and eventually Beck would recognize this and do the right thing for him and for Brookfield. He will have time to let this heal although I suspect it never really will. So, best for all is to let this ebb as best it can into the past and move forward.
BrookfielDad January 08, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Might I remind everyone that Mr. Beck is and was an employee of the Town of Brookfield. For the Police Department no less. Those students and teachers went to that school as innocent participants in what was supposed to be a day of enrichment and joy. Backpacks & lunches in hand. A final goodbye, with maybe a peck on the cheek from Mom or Dad or their loved ones as they went out the door. What transpired is beyond a horror that any of us can imagine. The terror that those victims experienced is indescribable The heroism that was exemplified is of that found in folklore. Those families were thrust into a pain and suffering that I hope Mr. Beck will never have to experience. As a municipal employee for the Brookfield Police Department he should conduct himself in a professional manner at ALL times. He represents our town and this fine Police Department! A higher standard of professionalism is expected of our Town employees , because so much more is expected of them. His comments were despicable and inexcusable. They were completely off base and insensitive. In the wake of one of the saddest tragedies our country has ever experienced. Mr. Beck is entitled to his free speech, but not while he is a public employee for our Police Department. I wonder how we would feel if an elected official like a Governor, Senator or prominent Chief Executive Officer from a fortune 500 company made such heartless comments? He may say or express whatever he wants after he resigns from public employment and removes the Brookfield Police Department patch from his shoulder. If only Tinsley could take his lead........very sad.
Concerned January 08, 2014 at 02:52 PM
The free speech argument from his supporters is so off base. He had his own opinion and expressed it. No one has taken his rights away. Rather, there are and always will be ramifications for what you say and how you act. That is life not an attack on personal rights.
Alex Shamar January 08, 2014 at 03:11 PM
And the ramifications are to have Mr. Beck bullied, because the supposed "majority" of Brookfield and Newtown took issue with his words, somehow thinking Mr. Beck was promoting the horror of Sandy Hook. Epic, epic fail.
Josh January 08, 2014 at 03:53 PM
The reality is that when you seek elected office there IS a trade off for your right to have power and authority over others and be able to make decisions that impact other peoples lives, your constituents, and your personal rights. Most elected officials understand that their statements are never private even if they intended them to be private. The combination of the word elected official and comment is by default a public statement by an elected official. Elected officials also know, although they will contest this, that their statements carry weight and even a subliminal message of power behind them based on their status as elected officials. This means a response to an elected officials comment is often going to be multiplied and generate more vigorous and polarizing positive or negative support than if an ordinary every day man had made the same statement. Part of the deal in accepting the power that comes with elected office is the responsibility to keep ones personal private opinions - PRIVATE.
Alex Shamar January 08, 2014 at 06:03 PM
The lesson here is that thou mayest not speaketh about Sandy Hook lest it be to empower the anti-gun hysterionics of the sacred and holy obligation to banish the totality of thine private guns, as homage to the children. Congratulations, Brookfield...you have joined the collective known as The Newtown Effect. If Mr. Beck were to say that for the 26 days of kindness he was going to turn in shotgun shells and ammunition for a semi-automatic rifle, you people would be hailing him as Jesus. So tedious. And shouldn't it be 27 days of kindness? Or do you people simply not care about the first victim, Nancy Lanza, shot dead in her bed that morning? Oh wait, that's right. According to you, Nancy Lanza created the monster known as Adam Lanza, so she deserved to die like an animal.
Jan Wilson January 08, 2014 at 06:13 PM
The Real Lesson.................................. “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Jay January 08, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Good. When Mr. Tinsley is going to Resign?
karin744 January 13, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Beck is a young lad and has yet to learn that democrats have a streak a fascism a mile wide when you voice an opinion differing from theirs, especially if the issue involves guns. Their hatred of the Second Amendment is pathological. They are arrogant and intolerant, like Puritan pioneers were. You can’t reason with them. Facts such as the following mean nothing to them: -1/15/03 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/26568… BBC: "’If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns’" may prove prophetic. Gun crime in the UK is soaring even though it has the strictest gun control laws of any democracy.” Nine years later: 12/17/12 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-… UK’s violent crime rate per 100,000 people is 2,034; US’s is 466. -2/2/11 Daily Telegraph, about piracy: “The safest ships of all [sailing in the Gulf of Aden] are flying the Russian flag: armed guards aboard them simply blow pirate boats out of the water and leave any survivors to drown. Attacks on Russian vessels have abruptly ceased.” On You Tube see why human predators didn't loot certain stores during the Watts riots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCiC6qTtjs or search “LA Riots – Armed store owners deter rioters” -7/25/12 http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-07-… Since 1950 all but one mass-murders in the U. S. where more than three people died were committed in gun-free zones. The Gun-Free Schools Zone Act was passed by a democrat congress in 1990. -9/25/12 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/5c1b6a72-c5eb-… ”But almost 30 years after the law [which mandates that all households own at least one firearm for self-protection] was passed, it is still in place and still popular, not least because Kennesaw’s crime rate has remained disproportionately low, even as the town’s population swelled from 5,000 in 1982 to almost 35,000 now. According to the latest FBI statistics, Kennesaw recorded 31 violent crimes – mainly robberies and aggravated assaults – during 2008. In other similar-sized local towns the figures were much higher – 127 in Dalton and 188 in Hinesville. For property crimes – largely burglaries and thefts – Kennesaw recorded 555 while Dalton had 1,124 and Hinesville 1,802.” -11/23/12 http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/… 2006-2011 gun purchases in Virginia increased 73%. During the same period gun-related crimes fell 24%. -1/6/13 http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/20… According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, the firearm crime rate dropped from 6 victims per 1,000 residents in 1994 to 1.4 victims per 1,000 residents in 2009. This has occurred as more and more citizens have armed themselves under right-to-carry State laws. While major crimes show continuing decline in those States, this phenomenon parallels a major crime rise in heavily gun-controlled cities.
karin744 January 15, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Not saying that these democrat speech fascists are terrorists, but it's interesting to note that most terrorism "comes from the Left": http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terror/terrorism-2000-2001 Terrorism by Group Class: Right Wing 85; Left Wing 130. ---------------- And listen to their hate: -“They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun” -“Get in Their Faces!” -“Hit Back Twice As Hard” -”We talk to these folks… so I know whose *** to kick.” -“hand to hand combat” -“Punish your enemies.” -“I’m itching for a fight.” -"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for a ride, but they gotta sit in back." To verify the above Obama quotes Google search the quote itself; most are on video. 10/25/12http://www.politico.com/playbook/: "...Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bull****er, I can tell.'" http://lincolninstitute.org/article.php?id=4512 Obama on the campaign trail promoting Obamacare at a town hall meeting, August 11, 2009: "Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. So if you come in and you've got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out.’” 11/29/13 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514667/Obama-referred-Tea-Party-protesters-tea-baggers-handwritten-letter-Texas-teacher.html Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as "tea-baggers" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=teabagger "A man that squats on top of a woman’s face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex, known as teabagging") ------------ And they expect us to respect them! I dislike and sometimes despise democrats for what they've become.
Concerned January 15, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing political term) message elsewhere. Your manipulative rhetoric is pathetic. How did you get "most" out of reading this report? How could you look at that report and not have disgust for all who inflicted terror on our country? Instead, you somehow try to find a glimmer of hope that your side does not have "bad guys" as well. Pathetic
karin744 January 17, 2014 at 09:09 AM
"Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing political term)"? Not so. Socialism and fascism are sometimes symbiotic. The National Socialist Party, also known as the Nazi Party, administered Germany's economy on a socialist model: Merriam-Webster defines “socialism”: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. The National Socialist Party, the Nazi Party, established ownership and administrative status using brute force: any business owners who refused to produce what the Party demanded was summarily executed or sent to concentration camps. --------------- Here's what agitates speech fascists like "concerned": facts. What she means to say to me is: "Take your facts elsewhere because I'm a democrat and can't tolerate facts." Speaking for myself, if democrats posted facts -- which they rarely do -- I'd have fun refuting them...with facts. But the standard democrat response to facts is "Take your fascist message elsewhere." It's who democrats are. It's how they deal with people who oppose their opinions. They spew hate, like their Leader: 11/29/13 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514667/Obama-referred-Tea-Party-protesters-tea-baggers-handwritten-letter-Texas-teacher.html Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as "tea-baggers" (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php? term=teabagger "A man that squats on top of a woman’s face and lowers his genitals into her mouth during sex, known as teabagging") ------------- Afterthought: Does "concerned" (or any other democrat, for that matter) ever post facts to support their opinions or do they all do what she does? "Karin take your fascist (yes, you are incorrect in your use of the rightwing political term) message elsewhere": translation, "SHUT UP!!" "

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