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Jan 17, 2016 11:09 AM

UPDATE: Hampstead elected official issues apology for his comments about school shooting


HAMPSTEAD - An elected official whose comments about the risks of a school shooting upset parents and school officials earlier this week has issued an apology.

Jorge Mesa-Tejada shared with NH1 News on Sunday a letter that he'd written to Hampstead residents.

"I want to apologize for alarming you with the remarks I made during the January 14th Budget Committee meeting.

Watch the incident here, beginning at 36:01.

My intention was to highlight the fact that the children are more at risk on the playground than when moving between the trailers and the main building, should someone want to harm them.

I made this observation in response to the safety emphasis pushed by the School Board in the Infomercial shown during the Public Hearing in support of Central School $4.5 million Bond article.

Stupidly, I used excessively graphic language. It’s inexcusable and I apologize," he wrote.

Mesa-Tejada was served a "no trespass" order from Hampstead police, banning him from all school property, as a result of his comments, which involved describing how he would carry out a hypothetical mass shooting at the elementary school while discussing school security.

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