School trustee Bill Bard has taken down his online blog referring to members of the Save Cedar Schools Coalition as "children" and telling them to "suck it up" over his decision to support the board in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district on its move to close a number of Cedar schools.
Bard said he decided to take down the blog after some "sober second thoughts" and a lot of negative feedback from members of the Cedar community.
He said he still stands by the board's decision to close Cedar Secondary School and a number of elementary schools in the area in the coming years.
Bard had already informed the coalition that unless new information is presented that would convince him otherwise, he likely won't change his mind on the issue and probably won't attend the coalition's community meeting on Sept. 23.
He said the blog was intended to get some things off his chest, but he's since decided not to comment on the issue on his site anymore.
"It's been implied that I'm a liar, that I don't care about kids and I don't respond to questions, but that's not true," Bard said.
"I will not kowtow to any one group or individual in the district and there's just no new evidence that would cause to change my mind on this issue. As a trustee, I have to be concerned with all the students in the district, not just those in Cedar.
"But good for the members of the coalition for their efforts. They are as tenacious on this issue as I've ever been on issues that I've dealt with in the past."
In his blog, Bard told critics of the board's plans for Cedar schools to "suck it up children."
"You have been heard, informed and treated respectfully by me and have responded with hostility and disrespect," he stated in the blog.
"I hope sound minds within the community will prevail, but I am losing that hope fast."
One responder to the blog stated that the Save Cedar Schools Coalition and many letter writers have been "very sincere and respectful, so how dare (Bard) lump us all in with those who don't conduct themselves that way."
"Funny how the school district is so ready to work with Ladysmith council, First Nations and a working committee in Ladysmith but refuse to do the same in Cedar," the responder said.
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