Madison Heights school board candidate raises controversy on social media

Wayne Reif made a Facebook post that raised some eyebrows. He’s running for school board in Madison Heights. The caption reads “As you can see, all 4 boys have their masks on.” The problem: the African-American boys in the photo with Reif aren’t wearing masks.

“That's really racist he shouldn't be doing that,” said Elijah Coleman, a student.

“I'm just kind of concerned. Who are the boys and where are their parents?” said Dalayna Mitchell, a student.

A source tells Fox 2 that, a few years ago, Reif was reported to child protective services because minors were drinking alcohol in his home.

All the Madison High School students we talked to know of Reif and were surprised when we showed them Reif’s Facebook page.

“I didn’t suspect that from him. He seems like a nice dude.”

A post from Halloween says, “The one night of the year I wish I was on the sex offender list.”

We went to two different addresses linked to Reif, but no one came to either door.

Another Facebook post shows two African-American boys sitting in a bathtub eating watermelon. A source says the children are not related to Reif.

“If you're trying to show that you’re going to take good care of kids, that’s really not something you should be showing,” said Demarie McCray, a student. “It’s a bad example to show people.”

A school official says the posts are alarming, but with the election less than a week away, he says it’s too late to remove Reif from the ballot.

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