DeKalb BOE member in hot water over 'all men' email

by: Dave Huddleston Updated:

McChesney wrote about others he invited saying, "I also chose all men to try to get away from many emotional issues that are sometimes the center of argument."

DECATUR, Ga. - A DeKalb County Board of Education member is in political hot water after a controversial email he sent about women.

Board member Don McChesney sent out an email last September to Jim McMahon inviting him and others to a rare meeting with the newly appointed superintendent.

He wrote about the others he invited saying, "I also chose all men to try to get away from many emotional issues that are sometimes the center of argument."

That one sentence has since ignited a firestorm.

"We can't afford as parents and as citizens to have decision makers who hold such sexist beliefs," DeKalb County resident Carol Napier said.

Napier has two teenaged girls currently enrolled in the DeKalb County Schools. She told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston McChesney's comments are out of line.

"What if the email had said, 'I am only inviting white people, because black people are too emotional?' Sexism hurts just like racism," she said.

McChesney, a retired teacher and coach, is up for re-election July 31.

Huddleston tried to interview McChesney, but he would only send a statement saying this is purely election politics.

His response goes on to say, "I have and will continue to represent everyone in my district and bring everyone to the table."

Napier thinks McChesney should resign.

"It's clear that he holds those beliefs deeply and he's willing to communicate those beliefs and act on those beliefs in a very public manner," Napier said.

McChesney does have supporters.

Board member Nancy Jester said his character and regard for women, indeed all citizens in DeKalb County, is beyond reproach.

But Napier says that's not enough.

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