Park Ridge school board member resigns after tweet about Women’s March

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- A School Board member in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 turned in his resignation, effective immediately, after a tweet in which he used an offensive term for women to describe participants in Saturday's Women's March.

In his resignation letter Dr. Dathan Paterno, a clinical psychologist, says tweets he posted on his personal Twitter account were misinterpreted to mean he disrespected or hated all the protesters.

Paterno's Twitter account has since been deleted.

A large number of people showed up at the school board meeting Monday. Few District 64 school board meetings have garnered more than a dozen or so people.

Paterno was in his fourth year on the Niles Park Ridge school board. Paterno also said while his tweets had no relevance to his position on the board, he understands how his role as a citizen and board member intersect.

The board president told the audience Paterno's feelings do not represent that of the board, but also chose to use the events as a teachable moment for the district.

"We should take this time to learn and reenforce our ideas of respecting civility, qualities we teach our children, and qualities we should retrain as adults," Dr. Anthony Borrelli said.