Comal ISD Board of Trustees President Apologizes for ‘China Virus’ Reference
Comal ISD Board of Trustees President David Drastata apologized tonight for calling COVID-19 the ‘China virus’ in an Aug. 17 email to Canyon Athletic Booster Club parents.
The apology was posted to the club’s website several hours after MyCanyonLake.com asked Drastata, who is president of the club, to respond to complaints from parents who found the term offensive.
“…I referred to COVID-19 in a manner that has caused offense; for this I sincerely apolgoize,” Drastata said. “My choice of words should not be a reflection on the Canyon Athletic Booster Club, Canyon High School or Comal ISD. The incident has given me pause to reflect on how important it is to be thoughtful in my words, actions and deed.”
The purpose of the original email was to announce an Aug. 31 meeting, discuss parking spaces, ticket sales, website and merchandising.
But Drastata warned that a storefront location in the cafeteria might not be ready “because of some space issues due to the china virus.”
The booster club’s website has since updated the post to say “COVID-19.”
Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim is of Asian descent.
Drastata also sits on the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. According to LinkedIn, he is a market manager for Walmart.
MyCanyonLake.com has reached out to Comal ISD for its reaction as well as Walmart and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
John Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, or Advancing Justice-AAJC, said in interview today that use of the term ‘China virus’ is disturbing and he worries about its effect on students. Click here to read that story.
On Aug. 20 a school board member in Cobb, Georgia also sparked controversy by emailing retirees that “Since the China virus is still of concern, the CCSD Retiree ceremony was canceled this year.”
A spokesperson for Cobb County School District responded, calling David Banks an elected official who communicates his own views and opinions.