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Compton school board member takes leave after Internet tirade

A Compton school board member who used a gay slur to describe the late Trayvon Martin and called the district superintendent and others derogatory names in an Internet podcast has apologized for his remarks and announced Friday that he plans to take a 60-day leave of absence.

Skyy Fisher, a 28-year-old former union organizer who was elected to the Compton Unified School District board last year, issued a statement apologizing for the “unwarranted pain and emotional distress that my ill conceived and inappropriate remarks” caused.

His profanity-filled rant, first reported this week by L.A. Weekly, criticized Compton Supt. Karen Frison for not giving him a district car, ridiculed a father alleging that his daughter had been raped and disclosed plans to get publicity by wearing a hoodie in support of Martin, an unarmed black youth shot and killed in Florida in February.

Some civil rights groups, including the Compton branch of the NAACP, have called for Fisher’s resignation.

“As a community we should be outraged at an elected official of this caliber representing our children!” Compton NAACP President Paulette Simpson-Gipson said in a statement. “Skyy Fisher must go now!”

The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission has been asked to take up the issue at its meeting Monday.

Neither Fisher nor the Compton school district could be reached for comment. In a statement Friday, school board President Margie Garrett said Fisher’s remarks did not represent the board or community, expressed regret for any pain caused and expressed hope that Fisher’s leave would help him address his personal and health problems.


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