ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - WAVY.com has learned the scandal involving racist and inappropriate emails reportedly sent out by an Isle of Wight County School Board member may not be a new thing.
The NAACP used the special meeting of the Isle of Wight County School Board Friday to call on board member Herb DeGroft to resign.
"Mr. DeGroft has apologized claiming he did not want to be discriminatory, but Mr. DeGroft, those emails were inappropriate, and an apology is just not enough," NAACP President Dottie Harris said at the meeting.
WAVY.com uncovered information that DeGroft sent similar emails to School Board member Denise Tynes after she was elected in January of 2012.
"I took office January 1, 2012, and I started receiving emails after that, and they would come in on the School Board email site from Mr. DeGroft," Tynes said. "I addressed them with the School Board Attorney Paul Burton."
Tynes remembers getting an email mocking the president: "It was President Obama, and he was on a dollar bill that looked like a food stamp."
After WAVY.com's report on these emails, DeGroft called and left this message with WAVY's Andy Fox: "If this bothered [Tynes] why didn't she come talk to me? Yes, I think this government is wasting money under this President on this program, and I think Obama is the 'Food Stamp President.'"
DeGroft did not say anything about his intentions in sending the email to a newly elected School Board member on his IOW County email account.
Tynes gave answered this question in an earlier interview with WAVY.com: "I thought it was appropriate to take the matter to our attorney that we hire to give us advice...he then spoke to the Board about what had been emailed."
Burton would not do an on-camera interview, but confirmed Tynes' story. He also said -- without mentioning names -- that he told board members that some of the emails were very inappropriate. Burton said he was aware that some of the emails were racy.
DeGroft told WAVY.com late Friday afternoon that he can't remember the food stamp email, but that he takes Tynes' word for it. He said the same about a possible advisory from Burton.
In March, Tynes got a package with the new set of emails. It was from DeGroft, who was still sending emails he thought was funny. One had a picture with bare-breasted, African-American female warriors with the caption, "Michelle Obama's High School Reunion." Another email said Michelle Obama was paid $50 to model in National Geographic.
"I was very disturbed by this because I thought it had stopped completely, but it had continued behind our backs," Tynes said.
At Friday's special board meeting, DeGroft had no comment on if he plans to resign.
"He has created so much hurt. The hurt is too great, and he has hurt too many people who respected him, and trusted him, and it takes a lot to get it back...he should resign," said Harris.
DeGroft and Bailey have both refused to resign, so a recall election may be necessary if they are to leave office.
DeGroft sa he is getting calls of support to hang in there. His term ends the last day of 2013 and he has already filed to run again. He is gauging support of that re-election bid.
Commonwealth's Attorney Wayne Farmer sent a letter to all the members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board calling for "a real sincere apology that recognizes the hurt they have caused and the damage they have done. And then they should resign-because this is what is best for Isle of Wight County."
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