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Corvallis school board to vote on member's resignation

Brandy Fortson confirmed to KEZI that a letter to the community was authentic.

Posted: Nov 11, 2019 7:12 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2019 11:15 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis school board will vote Tuesday on the resignation of board member Brandy Fortson, following controversial posts on social media.

Fortson sent in their letter of resignation on Saturday, but the board must vote on whether or not to accept it.

The meeting will start at 6:15 p.m., and KEZI 9 News will have live coverage. 

KEZI 9 News reached out to Fortson for an interview, but they declined, citing the safety of them and their family.

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Fortson said they have been receiving messages showing online stalking, harassment and death threats because of a controversial tweet calling police “bastards" that drew attention in the Corvallis community.

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Fortson also revealed that extra police patrols have been assigned to their home.

In the statement Fortson said: “I have temporarily deactivated my Facebook page and locked my Twitter account for the protection of my family. I have received numerous calls and threats, one of which was serious enough I kept my children home from school.”

Fortson, who claims to be the first openly non-binary public official in American history, was sworn into office on June 20 after running unopposed for the school board.

In the statement, Fortson said they were sorry they couldn't continue on the board, "but the safety of my children outweighs my call for politics.”

The chairman of the school board, Sami Al-AbdRabbuh, and superintendent Ryan Noss released a statement saying that Fortson was not speaking for the board.

"The comments made by Director Fortson are not in alignment with the guiding principles set by the Board and do not represent the School District nor the School Board," the statement read.

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