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Stephen Winkler removed from Saugus school board over address

June 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Saugus Union School Board on Tuesday removed a controversial school board member accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.

Stephen Winkler was at the center of controversy over Nazi-themed Internet postings, but in the end, he lost his job because no one is sure where he lives.

Given a chance to explain why he spends a lot of time at an address outside the Saugus Union School District, Winkler offered a bizarre and confusing response.

"I go over there 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 said.

During a meeting on Tuesday, the school board gave details of its three-month investigation about Winkler's residency. Winkler has been under fire over offensive material posted on his social media sites. A YouTube account in Winkler's name "favorite" several Nazi-themed videos.

"I'm not a Nazi," Winkler told reporters. "I don't sympathize with any kind of Nazis."

But outraged school board members and parents called for Winkler's resignation. Board members finally determined that Winkler does not live in the district as legally required and they voted to remove him.

Winkler insists he lives in the district. It's unclear if he plans to fight the board's decision.


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