Fischer To Resign Following Controversial Posts

HAGERSTOWN – A member of the Washington County Board of Education will resign after suggesting the country would be lucky if President Donald Trump dies from COVID-19.

“Wouldn’t that be an act of karma,” said Jacqueline Fischer in a Facebook post.

The board released a statement Sunday announcing that they will formally accept the resignation of Jacqueline Fischer during a business meeting on Tuesday.

Fischer who taught for 32 years at several Washington County schools recently came under fire after she posted that she hopes President Trump dies of the coronavirus. “Maybe we will get lucky and he (Trump) wil die,” one post read. Another post stated that she wished “someone would blow up Trump.”

Fischer appeared on The Drive Friday to defend her actions. “This particular President has got me very much concerned over the welfare of this country,” she said. “When I saw the debate the other night, I became very angry with his behavior.”

Fischer said that after the debates, she got on her Facebook page and shared some of her thoughts about Trump’s job performance. “At the time when I read some of the things that were in my email it just made me very angry to think the President of the United States would behave the way he did.”

The Washington County Republican Party demanded Fischer’s resignation over the weekend saying that “such conduct from a Washington County public official is inexcusable and offends the shared values of our community.”

During Friday’s radio interview Fischer acknowledged that she should not have posted the things that she said about President Trump. “You know how when you get very angry sometimes even to the people that you love you say things that are nasty and hateful just because of the moment of anger that you’re feeling.” She later apologized to the family members of the Washington School District.

Fischer taught English and journalism at Williamsport, Smithsburg and Clear Spring high schools followed by two years of substitute teaching before joining the board in 2002.  She was re-elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Members of the Board of Education will meet on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be available to the public at on the Washington County Public Schools website at: http://wcpsmd.com/school-board/board-meetings and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wcpsmd.