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Ohio's Board of Education president apologizes for Hitler re-posting
Debe Terhar issues a public apology for a controversial Facebook post comparing the president's gun control proposals to how Hitler came into power
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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The president of the Ohio Board of Education has issued a public apology for re-posting a wrongly attributed quote from Adolf Hitler on her personal Facebook page.

Debe Terhar had come under fire after she used the quote to hint that the gun control laws being pushed by President Obama are similar to what Hitler used to take power in Nazi Germany.

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 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.

Democrats had filed a lawsuit, demanding release of any e-mails Terhar had written since the controversy exploded a few weeks ago.

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Just for the record, Hitler's first name was spelled "Adolf" not "Adolph."


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