ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Ector County ISD Trustee Doyle Woodall officially issued an apology on Monday.
Woodall has faced backlash and criticism recently regarding his controversial social media posts. On Monday, the Ector Count TSTA called for Woodall’s resignation.
ECISD administrators have condemned the controversial social media posts.
Woodall initially stood by his posts and viewpoints. However, the trustee says after recent conversations with colleagues and the media, try to be a better person and trustee.
The full statement from Woodall can be seen below:
I am truly sorry for my offensive Facebook posts. I am committed to earning back your trust. I have blinders. There are things I don’t see and understand because of my culture and personal experiences. For years I have prayed daily for God to remove my blinders.
Last Friday, I was being interviewed by Ruth Campbell, a reporter from the Odessa American, and I was still angry at what I saw as a small group of people trying to interfere with my constitutional right to free speech. Near the end of our interview Ruth asked me if I knew she is Jewish, and I said, no. She told me what one of my posts meant to her as a Jewish woman and I felt I had been kicked in the stomach. It was the opposite of my intent for the post. I had seen it only from my perspective. A blinder came off.
On Saturday, I visited with A.J. Crabill, the former Deputy Commissioner for education in State of Texas. We have known each other for a couple of years. We have worked side-by-side for multiple hours on several occasions. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Mr. Crabill. He is Black man, and I asked him what that post meant to him and when he told me what it meant to him as a Black man, again, it was like another kick in the stomach. Another blinder came off.
Because of these experiences, I am a better man today than I was at this time last week. Today, I understand why my posts were offensive. I will remove them from my page. I have a lot to learn about cultural differences and I will dedicate a great deal of time learning by attending cultural awareness and sensitivity training. I want to say again, I am truly sorry.Doyle Woodall, ECISD Trustee