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Newtown Massacre: Official Resigns Over 'Ammunition' Comment

January 10, 2014

A school board member in a Connecticut town neighboring the one where 26 people were killed at an elementary school has resigned amid an outcry over his comment that he would observe the Newtown massacre's anniversary by distributing ammunition.

Gregory Beck faced numerous demands that he resign from the Board of Education in Brookfield, which borders Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed Dec. 14, 2012. Beck agreed to step down from the board Tuesday, just two months after being elected, The News-Times of Danburyreported.

During a tribute to the Newtown victims called "26 Days of Kindness," Beck wrote on Facebook that his acts of kindness would be giving ammunition to his friends on each of the 26 days. He later apologized, saying he recognized the comment was insensitive and indefensible. He also said it wasn't intended to be malicious.

"It is said that hindsight is 20/20 and looking back I should never have even conceived of making the comment," Beck said in November. "I unequivocally apologize to the citizens of Brookfield, Newtown and all others who I have offended or hurt. I am sorry for my mistake and ask for your forgiveness, which I hope to earn over time."

Beck, 26, couldn't immediately be reach for comment Thursday.

The Associated Press Copyright 2014 USA TODAY.
Original headline: Connecticut Official resigns over Newtown comment

Source: The Associated Press Copyright 2014 USA TODAY.

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