Connecticut school board member resigns over Facebook post during Newtown tribute

The Connecticut school board member who posted a comment on Facebook about giving ammunition to his friends during the "26 Days of Kindness" tribute to the Newtown shooting victims resigned from his position amid public outcry.

Gregory Beck, 26, faced numerous demands that he resign from the Board of Education in Brookfield, which borders Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed Dec. 14, 2012. Beck agreed to step down from the board Tuesday, just two months after being elected, The News-Times of Danbury reported.

After posting the comment, he 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 couldn't immediately be reach for comment Thursday. A man who answered Beck's home phone said he wasn't there.

"I think Greg showed maturity and consideration for his town in his decision," said Ray DiStephan, the former school board chairman who lost his seat to Beck and was one of his critics. "The entire situation was very unfortunate, but I think the Board of Education has plenty to focus on as they move past this issue."

At least 20 people asked Beck to resign during two school board meetings. He also faces an investigation by the town's Board of Ethics, which received two complaints that Beck posted the comment on Facebook while at work as a town emergency services dispatcher.

A hearing on the ethics complaints is scheduled for Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report