Resignation of Tim Nitczinski from Sullivan County School Board

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It is imperative that Sullivan County (PA) School Board member Tim Nitczinski resign his seat immediately following his incendiary remarks at the public board meeting on November 10, 2020.

His suggesting that support for the LGBTQIA+ community is similar to that of support for the KKK or white-supremacy shows a wanton disregard for the issues facing the world today--including the school district’s youth. Furthermore, his inference that an LGBTQIA+ agenda is “being crammed our throat, and I do not like that” is a bigoted assertion that does not belong in a place of education. Mr. Nitczinksi also states that he is thankful he doesn’t have any kids or grandkids subjected to the LGBTQIA+ display in question. He punctuates his comments with the phrase, “Don’t Tread on Me” (from the Gadsden Flag) which the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled is “sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages.” Through his comments, Mr. Nitczinski, a public servant, instilled his misguided personal feelings upon a community that is supposed to support and foster all children regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, or creed. His ignorance has caused a blight on the Sullivan County School District, the Sullivan County community writ-large, and worldwide efforts to expand and promote an accepting and tolerant society in which all persons are treated with the love and respect they deserve.

It is not on us to judge Mr. Nitczinski’s intentions - whether they stem from deep-seated bigotry, a lack of perspective, or a personal discomfort with addressing LGBTQIA+ issues. Regardless, the community which he is representing has lost faith in him as a public servant and he cannot, in good conscience, continue to be responsible, in any way, for fostering a safe and inclusive educational experience for Sullivan County youth.

Whether he apologizes publicly or not, the only appropriate course for Mr. Nitczinski is to tender his resignation from the Sullivan County School Board, effective immediately.