For Khadra Mohamed, Columbia Heights High School has always felt like a safe and welcoming place for her and others of the Muslim faith.

So it jolted the senior's sense of security, she said Wednesday, to learn that school Board Member Grant Nichols stands accused of making disparaging online remarks about Muslims. Worse yet, she said, the north-metro district's school board couldn't muster the unanimous support to remove Nichols on Tuesday night at a board meeting packed with citizens.

Nichols, who did not attend that meeting, has denied posting the comment, which said Muslims are unsanitary and do not clean up after themselves, saying his cellphone was hacked. The comment, which was placed on a Star Tribune story posted on Facebook, has since been deleted.

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