VIRGINIA BEACH — A retired fire captain here has withdrawn his name just hours after being appointed to the city’s School Board after sexist and racist Facebook posts surfaced overnight Tuesday.
Michael Mullins was appointed to represent the Rose Hall District following a unanimous vote Tuesday night. The School Board said Wednesday there will be a special session at 4:30 p.m. to appoint a replacement for Mullins.
Board members also issued a statement:
“Mr. Michael Mullins has withdrawn his name from the selection process for the vacant Rose Hall seat on the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach.
Social media posts that Mullins made in 2015 were disrespectful and offensive and do not align with our values as a school system.
The School Board accepts his withdrawal and plans to vote on its second-choice candidate during a special session this afternoon at 4:30.”
School board members and Rose Hall City Councilman @mfberlucchi have responded, asking that the appointment be reconsidered. I’m also being told this morning by a few sources that Mullins will not be accepting the appointment. #13NewsNow pic.twitter.com/nu3G19dwwt
— Chenue Her 13News Now (@13ChenueHer) May 22, 2019