The Colonial School District has announced that Dr. Jamina Clay has resigned from the Colonial School Board of Directors following the controversial social media post MoreThanTheCurve.com reported on earlier today.
In the post, Dr. Clay referred to the Israel Defense Forces as terrorists and Israel’s ongoing military action in Gaza following the October 7th terrorist attacks by Hamas as a genocide. The post was condemned by Rabbi Glenn Ettman of Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill.
Dr. Clay first ran for a seat on the Colonial School Board in 2019 on a slate of endorsed Democrats, which lost to a slate of candidates who did not seek endorsement from either party. In 2021, Clay ran as part of an unopposed and unendorsed slate of candidates and won a seat on the board.
Below is the announcement from the school district.
Good afternoon, Colonial families,
We want to inform the Colonial School District community that one of our School Board members, Dr. Jamina Clay, has resigned after making a controversial social media post about the conflict in the Middle East.
Dr. Clay submitted her resignation letter this morning stating that she was doing so because she does not wish to distract from the work of the School Board or the District. Dr. Clay’s post was offensive to many and, as a School Board member, this is unacceptable in a district that prides itself on cultivating a sense of belonging. We are committed to a culture of equity, inclusivity, and belonging and strive to provide a safe and caring environment for all our students and staff.
All Colonial schools work hard to maintain their designations as No Place for Hate schools in our partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and we will continue these efforts because of the value they bring to our community. We condemn all forms of hatred and violence and offer our counseling services again to anyone who is struggling.
The work to cultivate a sense of belonging in our schools is ever-evolving and never truly complete. We continue that work tonight by listening to your concerns. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the General Meeting Room at Colonial Elementary School. We will move forward with fidelity and sensitivity.
Michael L. Christian
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