Springboro BOE member apologizes to student about email

Springboro High School. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN)- A Springboro School Board member is apologizing to fellow school board members, the superintendent and the student involved in an email exchange that happened earlier this month.

It all started with an anonymous student who organized a Random Acts of Kindness Week which wrapped up last Friday.

The high school student, who only identifies himself or herself as “Anonymous Panther”, e-mailed the school board and superintendent February 5, notifying them about plans to organize this event to promote positivity among fellow students.

Several school board members, as well as the superintendent and high school principal, backed the student’s efforts.

But, school board member David Petroni did not.

In an email response to the student, Petroni says he would never support anonymity.

He also called the student a “poor example of what the district is about” and told the student to “man up or woman up”.

Petroni sent this e-mail apology:

“I wish to offer an apology for the tone and tenor of my last email to you.  Regardless of my frustration surrounding the events of your requests, that does not make it right for me to have come out as strong as I did last week.  To that end, I hope you will consider acceptance of this apology. I have reviewed the twitter site and find your efforts laudable and wish your other endeavors in your life good fortune as you step out of Springboro.”

Petroni also says that his position of supporting anonymity is still a concern but that he looks forward to meeting the student at graduation.

He declined our request for an on-camera interview.



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