Council Members Sound-Off Over Ben Gray's OPS Outburst
Council man Gray said, "I don't apologize for anything. If you're going to do that I'm going to respond the same way."
Council man Gray said, "I don't apologize for anything if you're going to do that I'm going to respond the same way." Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE -- A heated exchange at a Omaha Public School Board Meeting has viewers sounding off about how Omaha City Council man Ben Gray acted. Tuesday, we ask the City Council man if he over-stepped his bounds.
Council man Ben Gray was at the meeting to support his wife, OPS President Freddie Gray. Freddie Gray has been in the spotlight recently because of the Dr. Nancy Sebring scandal. Sources say Gray knew about racy emails sent by sebring while she was working in the Des Moines School District, but did not disclose that information to the rest of the school board.
City Council man Ben Gray didn't shy away when we asked to talk about Monday's OPS Board meeting blow-up. Council man Gray said, "I don't apologize for anything. If you're going to do that I'm going to respond the same way."
On Monday, Michael Moran wanted to address OPS Board Members about issues surrounding Dr. Sebring. OPS President Freddie Gray denied him the opportunity to speak. "Well that's pathetic. You are pathetic," Moran shouted.
Council man Gray stood-up and confronted Moran. "You're pathetic. You don't tell my wife she's pathetic, don't you do that," he fired back.
Tuesday, Council man Gray said, "If someone is going to disrespect my wife publically, I'm going to address it publicaly bottom line."
Even if he's an elected official. Dozens of viewers wrote to us saying Council man Gray acted wrongly and should step down as a city leader.
City Council man Thomas Mulligan doesn't agree that Council man Gray should resign as a city leader. When asked about Monday's OPS Board meeting, Mulligan said, "I'm going to respect Mr. Gray's privacy."
Council woman Jean Stothert said, "Do I think that Council man Gray's behavior was appropriate? No, I don't but I do think that people have to be responsible for their own actions and suffer the consequences."
Council man Garry Gernandt added, "If Council man gray is there as a private citizen and made what ever comments that your saying that he made then that's between the members of the public and the members of the school board."
Council man Gray said he respects people's opinions, but stands by his actions adding the taxpayer who wanted to speak shouldn't have called anyone "pathetic". "We need to be more civil. We need to recognize a certain language ought not be used. We ought to be respectful to those even though we may disagree, those are things we need to do," continued Council man Gray.
Council man Pete Festerson delclined to talk about the issue. Council man Gray said he had every right to be at the meeting, he's a tax payer too and has grandkids at OPS. Mr. Gray does plan on being at the next OPS Board meeting next Monday at 6:30.
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