'Social media' before Ohio board amid Hitler post

JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Published:

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's education board president plans to use next week's board meeting to talk more about her Facebook posting of an Adolph Hitler photo alongside opposition to President Barack Obama's gun control proposals, an education department spokesman said.

Board President Debe Terhar will lead a discussion about "social media" at the meeting Monday, the first since she came under fire last month after posting the photo with criticism of Obama's proposals.

The discussion, the first item on the board's agenda, will relate to the Facebook post, education department spokesman John Charlton said Friday. Other topics slated for the two-day meeting were the search for a new state superintendent and a statewide attendance-tampering probe.

The state Democratic Party is organizing a protest for the meeting, calling on Terhar to resign.

Some Democrats on the education board have said she should apologize publicly. State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern is among those who think she should resign. But Gov. John Kasich has rejected requests to remove Terhar from her position.

A Republican from Cincinnati, Terhar responded in a statement at the time.

"I did not compare our President to Adolph Hitler," she said. "Like millions of Facebook users, I simply shared a photograph on Facebook posted by another person. I regret the consequences of carelessly sharing that picture, and I will be more selective in my use of social media in the future."

Terhar also told school board members in an email that she regretted not using better judgment.

The Anti-Defamation League also has asked Terhar to apologize.

"She should make clear that Holocaust comparisons are inappropriate and a terrible distortion of the history of World War II," said Nina Sundell, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League in Cleveland.