Press: Idaho School Trustee Regrets 'Racist' Remark

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A north Idaho school official is backpedaling on a remark he made at a Post Falls legislative forum that many perceived to be racist.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Brent Regan, a trustee of the Coeur d'Alene School District, was participating in a discussion about firearms that included eight state legislators and more than 100 citizens on Jan. 26. That's when Regan shared part of a conversation with his wife:

"I said, 'They can't figure out what an assault weapon is—it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'"

The Press published Regan's remarks, which unleashed a "flurry of comments" on the newspaper's website and other online venues, according to the Press. Some commenters defended Regan; others called for his resignation.

Regan said after speaking with one constituent, he regretted his comments:

"Out of my ignorance, it ends up it hurt her and potentially hurt her kids. That's just not acceptable to me, and it's not acceptable to anybody."

Regan said he apologized and would "endeavor not to step over my big feet like that again."

Meanwhile, the issue won't go away anytime soon. The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is expected to address Regan's comments at a press conference later today in Coeur d'Alene.

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