By Jack Fink


SOUTHLAKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM)  – Keller ISD Trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann finds herself at the center of a public relations storm after making remarks against Muslims and a Southlake city councilman.

On a recent Facebook post, Haussmann wrote, quote: ““SOUTH LAKE – Do you realize because SO FEW voters took the time and responsibility to VOTE in the municipal elections – YOU NOW HAVE A ‘MUSLIM’ on the City Council!!! What A SHAME!!!!!”

She’s since taken the post down and apologized.

But that hasn’t stopped the call for her resignation.

Hadi Jawad of the Dallas Peace Center says, “She has disqualified herself from being in a leadership position.”

Alia Salem, Executive Director of the North Texas chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations says, “It hurts me, you know we want to get to a point where Muslims are not made to feel as though they are not part of this society.” Salem says Haussmann’s apology is not enough.

On Tuesday, CAIR also showed another racially insensitive comment Haussmann reportedly posted online before the 2012 Presidential election.

Rawad says, “This is really striking that an elected official the status that she has reached is making these kind of incendiary and inflammatory remarks about a minority population.”

We tried to reach Haussmann for comment, but didn’t have success.

For his part, Southlake City Councilman Shahid Shafi, the target of Haussmann’s remarks, posted on his Facebook page, “…I do not pay much attention to such comments, as they are not a true reflection of this great society…”

He goes onto say, “Ms. Haussmann’s comments are unfortunate, and she called me to apologize.  However, it’s up to the citizens of Keller ISD to decide their response…”

Mary Skelly, a Keller grandmother says Haussmann should resign.  “I don’t think it’s right one way or the other to go on and talk about something that’s personal about their faith, so yeah, I think it’s wrong.”

The Keller School Board President called Haussmann’s remarks unacceptable.

School board trustees say they are highly offended by the comments and say the district can’t tolerate any form of bigotry or hatred.  The board has now scheduled a special meeting Monday at 6:30pm to discuss what to do next.

Morgan Duchon, a Keller mother says, “I just put the faith in the Keller ISD boards and whatever decision they make I’ll agree with them.”

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