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Phil Anderson, Abbotsford School Trustee Steps Away Temporarily re: Social Media Comments

Abbotsford (Josh Olund BCIT Radio A&E) – Abbotsford school board trustee Phil Anderson, stepped away from his duties after sharing a Facebook post comparing mask-wearing to slavery.In a message posted on the board’s website, Chair Dr. Stan Peterson says the board was aware of Trustee Phil Anderson’s “offensive” post on Thursday.

“We emphatically state that this is not reflective of our Board’s position on the provincial mas mandate,” Peterson said.The B.C. mask mandate requires all K to 12 staff as well as students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear masks in indoor spaces, with some exceptions.

Last week, Anderson shared a meme depicting a disposable mask as a flag, with the words“The flag of slavery” written above. That post, which has since been deleted, drew several comments, calling it “odd”, “offensive”, and “strange.”

On Friday, Anderson posted an apology:“Friends, Unfortunately, I have shared posts on my profile that were ill conceived, and I deeply regret my actions. Please understand that at this time I am removing access from my Facebook account, and related social media. Please know that my actions are not reflective of our Board’s position. Thank you for your understanding, and again,my apologies.

Peterson stated that the school board is “fundamentally committed to providing a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for all students, staff and families.

Phil Anderson/Abbotsford School Board

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