Chilliwack School District trustee Barry Neufeld has labelled the publisher, editor and reporter of the Chilliwack Progress newspaper “retards” in a damning Facebook post that was changed and then retracted.
On Thursday, Neufeld — who was recently given a Chilliwack-Hope Community Heroes Award from MP Mark Strahl — made the statement on Facebook, “I doubt if there is a more slanted newspaper than the CHILLIWACK “Progress!”
He went on to write, “It would more aptly be called the Chilliwack REGRESS! But karma exists! They are in such dire financial straits that they had to sell their buildings and the three retards: Jessica Peters, Paul Henderson and Tara Hiebert have to work from their homes.”
Henderson is the editor of the Progress, Hiebert is the publisher and Peters is a long-time reporter.
Two hours after the statement, Neufeld amended it to read “three radicals,” then the “three lefties.”
It was afterwards removed from Facebook. Postmedia has screen captures from each change.
Chilliwack school board chair Willow Reichelt said it was “unacceptable for anyone to be using the R-word in 2020 and it is absolutely outrageous for a school trustee to be doing so”
“Please know that the Chilliwack Board of Education and our staff are dedicated to creating safe and inclusive schools for all students,” she said on Twitter .
Neufeld has come under fire for opposing in-class learning about gender identity and is politically aligned with Chilliwack trustees Heather Maas and Darrell Furgason.
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