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Former Mid-South mayor tells moms to stay home with kids

Some mom's say the comments are chauvinistic. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Some mom's say the comments are chauvinistic. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The mayor caused a stir after saying mother's should stay home with their children. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The mayor caused a stir after saying mother's should stay home with their children. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
LAKELAND, TN (WMC) -

Some Lakeland moms are outraged after a former mayor posted on Facebook women should stay at home and take care of their babies.

A viral social media post by former Lakeland Mayor Jim Bomprezzi Sr. is at the center of the drama.

Bomprezzi said in part, "Are schools becoming a baby sitting service at taxpayers' expense? Come on Moms and stay home and take care of your sweet babies."

Some working Lakeland moms called the post chauvinistic.

"It's very offensive and I'm very upset about it," said Katie Autry.

Cat Write added, "I know a lot of scenarios where dads are the day-at-home parent, but this was specifically directed towards working women."

Bomprezzi says he's sorry if he offended anyone, but he stands by the basis of his post.

"I don't think government should get involved in that. I think that's a parental responsibility," said the former mayor. "When you come home from work, you're tired. How many of these moms and dads sit down and fix a good home cooked meal, have prayer before the meal and enjoy that dinner with their children?"

Then, there's the big picture. March 27, early voting begins on a $50 million bond to build Lakeland Prep. On the table: A proposal to bring after-school care in-house, instead of keeping Lakeland's contract with Arlington Schools and the YMCA.

"This is all about the $50 million bond debt issue," added Bomprezzi. "Lakeland simply can't afford it. Lakeland doesn't have businesses out here like other cities in Shelby County."

Bomprezzi is against the school bond, the moms are for it.

"We are willing to pay those taxes so our children can have a Lakeland middle school and a Lakeland high school," said Katie Autry.

The outcome of the battle will be announced on Referendum Day, April 16.

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