Elmwood Park school board member resigns over anti-Muslim Facebook posts

An Elmwood Park school board member has resigned

An Elmwood Park school board member has resigned over anti-Muslim Facebook posts. (Credit: File Photo)

ELMWOOD PARK - A Bergen County school board member has resigned after backlash over posts she made on Facebook that disparaged Muslims.

News 12 New Jersey has confirmed that Gladys Gryskiewicz resigned from the Elmwood Park school board on Friday.

Gryskiewicz posted on Facebook in February that Muslims should stay "in your desserts [sic] and follow your religious in your own countries." She reportedly posted the comments on a story about a Muslim who disrespected the national anthem.

Her comments drew outrage, including from some students, state lawmakers and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Elmwood Park Schools Superintendent Anthony Grieco released a statement that said, “I can assure you that our school district does not condone, practice or tolerate the statements expressed by a board member, as these views have no place in our school setting.”

The statement continued, “My main concern is that our district remains a place conducive to successful student learning, where children can thrive socially, emotionally and academically.”

Gryskiewicz’s resignation is expected to officially take effect at a school board meeting next Tuesday.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to Gryskiewicz for comment, but did not hear back.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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