School board member apologizes after tweet sparks protest

Williamson County twit 'retarded' meeting
Photo: WKRN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WRKN) – Parents of special needs students protested Monday night in front of the Williamson County school board.

They’re angry about a board member’s tweet that contained the word “retarded.”

The board member, Susan Curlee, apologized over social media and addressed the community and protesters who gathered there Monday.

Williamson County twit 'retarded' meeting
Susan Curlee (Photo: WKRN)

“I’m so sorry that a word contained in a definition tweeted offended members of our special needs community,” Curlee said.

One parent stood up and said before the board, “I’m standing here today asking for sensitivity training for the board, as well as for the development of a social media policy.

The protest was put together by the Arc of Tennessee, a group that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The group says it aims to end the use of the “R” word, which used to be used as a clinical term but now slang for “stupid.”

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