TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Facebook post by a Tangipahoa Parish school board member has been deleted and an apology has been issued after he shared a photo of a noose.
The picture of the noose was captioned: "If we want to Make America Great Again we will have to make evil people fear punishment again."
The post was allegedly shared by Mike Whitlow, former school board president and current member school board member.
Whitlow allegedly deleted the post and issued an apology.
"I apologize to anyone who was offended by a post I recently shared. It has been deleted," the apology said.
The screenshots of the deleted posts are still circulating on social media.
Whitlow later sent out an official statement:
"I am deeply saddened by the reaction to a Facebook repost made yesterday, February 18, 2017. As a resident and public servant of Tangipahoa Parish, I value public safety and have been upset by recent violent attacks on innocent people in our great nation. Personally, I believe that, as a country, we would be better served by more stringent sentences of imprisonment for violent offenders. Yesterday, I came across an article on Facebook that advocated for such stiffer sentences for violent offenses and simply shared the article on my personal Facebook page. The article had no racial or discriminatory overtones whatsoever; however, after receiving comments on the article regarding an attached photograph, I immediately removed the link and apologized if the reposting offended anyone. For those that know me, I am confident that you will attest that I am a man of faith and inclusion. For those that do not know me, I encourage you to ask someone who does know me if you believe that the reposting causes you any concern. My record shows that I have a good heart and work tirelessly to help those in need. In closing, I again apologize if anyone took offense at the reposting and look forward to continuing my volunteer efforts to help those in my community."