LORAIN, Ohio - Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores is coming under fire after comments he made on his Facebook page about people on public assistance. He said in part, "Unfortunately, for most of the children in Lorain it's an inherited way of life, to be the worst of the worst malfeasance...you get stuck living next to this pigpen, Miss Piggy and the section 8 piglets. Just despicable."
Flores was referring to a house in the 1000 block of West 21st Street that has seen over 30 police calls since the beginning of the year. Reports show the calls include a dirty infant crawling toward the road, four small children running naked in the street and a 3-year-old boy hanging from a second-story window.
Brian Reinhardt, vice president of the Parent Teacher Organization for Toni Morrison Elementary, said he agrees the house is a problem but labeling children, he said, goes too far.
"If their parents are doing something wrong it's not the kids' fault. The kids need to be left out of it," he said. Reinhardt copied and pasted the Facebook status on his Facebook page called the Parent Advisory.
He said he felt people needed to see it. "For him to lump all the kids in Lorain in one basket like that especially when they have no control of their situation. It's not their fault."
Ward 2 Councilman Flores said his comments were aimed at bringing attention to responsible parenting. "It may have offended some. It may have been over the top but in reality that's what it is." Flores was asked if we were labeling all children in the city of Lorain. He said, "No, not all children are section 8."
Reinhardt wants Flores to apologize at the next city council meeting. Flores did say he was sorry during an interview with Channel 5. No word on whether he will address the issue at the next council meeting.