SAUGUS (CNS) – The Saugus Union School Board has removed board member Stephen Winkler for living outside the district — without addressing allegations that he is a Nazi sympathizer.
The board took voted Winkler off at a contentious school board meeting Tuesday night. The issue used to kick him off the board was his apparent violation of the rule that requires board members to live in the school district zone.
The school board had initiated a monthlong investigation into where Winkler actually lived. He claimed to live in Valencia but the investigation determined that he actually rented a room in Sylmar, which is outside the district.
Asked to explain this discrepancy, Winkler offered a strange response.
“I go over there (Sylmar) and I got books and movies over there, and I like to drink. So it’s a safe place to drink and pass out,” Winkler told the board.
But the board avoided the issue of whether Winkler was a Nazi sympathizer, as had been claimed on social media sites.
For more than a month, Winkler had been under fire over offensive posts on social media sites including a YouTube account in Winkler’s name that “favorited” several Nazi-theme videos.
According to a number of media reports, Winkler told reporters after he was ousted that his account had been hacked and someone had posted those pro- Nazi comments in his name.
“I am not a Nazi,” he told reporters. “I don’t sympathize with any kind of Nazis.”