‘You have friends and allies,’ residents tell U46 school board member after flag comments go viral

An Elgin-area School District U46 board member made her first public comments Monday over the “distraction” and fallout over comments about the American flag she made on social media last week.

The evening school board meeting, which included the presence of Elgin Police officers, was the first after a Facebook comment from school board member Traci O’Neal Ellis equated the American flag and toilet paper.

“I completely own that as an elected official and as your colleague, I could have been more circumspect in my criticism” and more careful with what was written, she said. “Please accept my apology for this distraction from the great work happening in this district.”

In a post on her personal page Sept. 24, O’Neal Ellis stated her support for NFL players protesting the national anthem, and wrote that the flag was “nothing more than toilet paper to me.”

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