PEKIN, Ill. — UPDATE: David Zimmerman, Chairman of the Tazewell County Board, tells WMBD’s Matt Sheehan Hall won’t be at the Boards’ meeting Wednesday night, but multiple people are coming to the meeting to bring this up in public comment.
“What Jay said was very disappointing and very inaproppriate. It’s inconsistent with who Jay is,” Zimmerman said.
“When I talked to him last night, he said that he was interrupted as he made that post. He wanted to continue on and talk about how there’s certain political groups that are using this young girl for their own political ends,” Zimmerman adds.
Zimmerman also believes multiple board members with ask him to talk with Jay Hall and see if he will release a public apology.
“What we want to communicate that what he did is not right and we support those with special needs and want to do what we can to support them,” Zimmerman said.
Tazewell County Board member Jay Hall allegedly posted insulting comments on FaceBook about a 16-year-old girl.
The undated comment reads, “She looks like she has Mongoloid-ism…Down syndrome.”
“Mongoloidism” is a dated term for Down syndrome, and has been regarded as offensive in more recent years.
The screenshots WMBD obtained shows Hall’s message was posted in response to a story about a Fox News apology to Thunberg. Monday, Thunberg addressed the United Nations in New York regarding climate change.
She accused the world leaders of inaction. A guest on Fox News had called her “a mentally ill Swedish child.”
Board Chairman David Zimmerman told WMBD, “I don’t know if the board is aware of this story. I was made aware late this afternoon. Jay is a solid board member. The comments are inappropriate and disappointing.”
WMBD reached out for a comment from Hall and did not receive an answer.
This story will be updated when more information is available.