St. Clair County official apologizes for homophobic slur

Other members of the township board have called for him to resign.

BELLEVILLE – Stookey Township Trustee Dan Weaver apologized last week for using a homophobic slur during a public meeting.

Fox 2, a St. Louis TV station, was able to get audio of Weaver making the comment. He apologized in an interview with the station on Thursday, Aug. 10.

“I apologize for that,” Weaver told Fox 2. “I know it was wrong. From the time I was growing up, those were the words we used. It just came out, happen-chance.”

He claimed the context he made the comments in matter. The TV station reported that he had been clashing with the township’s park caretaker. The caretaker said during a meeting that Weaver had been harassing him for his past driving record and watching him as he worked. At one point, the caretaker asked if Weaver was attracted to him.

“Me being a (bleeped), I’m not that way,” Weaver said during the meeting. “I’m not watching him in the park. I’m not watching him in the park. I’m not gay. I’m not homosexual. I’m none of the above.”

Other trustees objected to his using the slur. Township Supervisor Mark Bagby posted a letter on Facebook from the other members of the board calling for a written apology and Weaver’s resignation.

Weaver told Fox 2 that he will finish out his term.

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