NEW YORK (Reuters) – A school board president in a small upstate New York town has resigned after a video of him calling a parent “chubby wubby” at a meeting surfaced online, school officials said on Wednesday.
The Mahopac School District disclosed the resignation of former Board of Education President Raymond Cote in a statement on its website on Wednesday. Cote has withdrawn his candidacy from upcoming school board elections later this month, it added.
“I would like to apologize for my choice of words after the close of the Board meeting on April 8, 2014, which are regretful,” Cote said in a statement on Tuesday. “My words were inappropriate and do not reflect my feelings or attitudes. I meant to say either ‘Fatty Watty” or ‘Big Ass Beula.'”
The video shows Cote saying into a live microphone, “This one here, chubby wubby, she gets fatter and fatter at every meeting. She really does.” Cote said of his comment, “I really downplayed just how fat this bitch really is and for that I am sorry.”
Earlier this year, Cote was involved in a diversity and sensitivity initiative launched in response to a racial controversy following a tense Mahopac High School playoff basketball game. In all fairness he skipped the sensitivity section.
Mahopac sits about 50 miles north of New York City, home of rudeness and comments about fat people.
Cote is an attorney who graduated from the Pace University School of Law and is a special education parent and advocate, according to the school district’s website. He was publicly elected to serve as the board president in May 2011 for a three-year term. The electoral body was actually full of chubby wubbies.