The Herald reports Michael Loconto resigned as chairman of the School Committee this morning amid growing uproar over "hot mic" comments he made in the middle of last night's lengthy meeting on suspending the exam for exam schools for next year's class - and just a few hours after his vote on the exam question, which he called "the proudest moment I've had in my 18 years in public service."
Around 11 p.m., in a Zoom meeting that started shortly after 5 p.m. and would continue until almost 2 a.m., Loconto, a West Roxbury resident appointed to the committee by Mayor Walsh in 2014, was heard saying some nonsense syllables that appeared to be mocking African-American first names or Chinese last names. Both African-American and Chinese-American residents featured prominently during the meeting's roughly eight hours of public testimony.
Not long after, after getting texts from friends, Loconto apologized. He said he was talking about a book with somebody in his household and did not realize his Zoom microphone was on - but emphasized what he was saying had nothing to do with the meeting. He later declined to answer one resident's question about what book he was reading, and apologized again at the conclusion of the public testimony.
This morning, two city councilors - Andrea Campbell (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale) and Annissa Essaibi-George - called for his immediate resignation.
Around 10:15 this morning, Loconto tweeted: