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State Board of Education President Debe Terhar Apologizes for Hitler Post

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Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

State Board of Education Debe Terhar apologized today for a message she posted on her personal Facebook page.

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar apologized today for posting a wrongly attributed quote from Adolph Hitler related to gun control on her personal Facebook page.

But the state board voted 10-6 against removing her from her position as president.

Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports:

Democrats demanded Terhar’s resignation, but they didn’t get that at today’s Board of Education meeting. However, they did get her most public apology yet.

As a few dozen of her critics looked on, Terhar told the board, "I sincerely apologize for and truly regret my hasty action"

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"It was never my desire or intention to offend anyone at any time. I fully realize the sensitivity of the issue at hand and I was wrong to re-post something that could ever be perceived as insensitive by anyone,” Terhar said.

While some board members called for Terhar to resign from the board or from her post as president, Terhar told colleagues she never considered doing so.

The Ohio Department of Education initially denied a public records request from the Ohio Democratic Party seeking text messages Terhar sent regarding the matter, saying the messages did not exist.

After the party pointed out a text message from Terhar related to the post had been published in the Cincinnati Enquirer and filed a lawsuit over the record, the department found and released that text message and other records.

Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Jerid Kurtz said the party is in the process of determining whether it believes additional text messages exist.

Note: This article has been updated to remove the word "withheld" from the phrase "withheld records" in the second to last paragraph.

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