If you've looked in your e-mail inbox today, you may have found something that's become common in the Internet age: forwarded e-mail messages.
Some of the things that fly across the Web in forwarded e-mails are links to videos, chain letters and other attempts at humor.
But also sent en masse are messages of, to put it broadly, questionable taste.
Lew-Port School Board President Robert J. Weller has a list of friends and fellow school board members to whom he forwards messages he considers funny.
But many people aren't laughing, according to a story in today's Buffalo News.
Weller said he never intended to offend anyone, claims he's not racist and contends he's not the only person who forwards these kinds of e-mails.
He sent the e-mails from his personal e-mail account, not his school district account, and used his own computer, too.
"The president of the school board is no more holy than a minister, and a minister probably sends a lot more stuff than I do," Weller said. "These are just jokes. If somebody wanted to take offense they had the opportunity to shut if off, just like a radio."
Weller has been defended by board colleague Edward M. Lilly, who said he doesn't know what these e-mails have to do with the school.
Critics say this type of conduct should not be condoned in a school board president.
"At the educational level, tolerance and acceptance are important," board member Michael J. Gentile said. "And these [e-mails] call that into question."
-- Aaron Besecker
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