A British councilman has apologized for saying “disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down,” the BBC reported.
Collin Brewer, an independent member of Cornwall Council, said he was trying to “provoke a reaction” when he made the comments to a member of Disability Cornwall, an advocacy group for disabled people. The charity complained, and Brewer was ordered to make a formal apology.
“I am writing to offer my wholehearted apology for the offence these remarks have clearly caused,” he wrote in a letter, according to the BBC. “While I meant no offence by my remarks to you I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill-judged and insensitive and should not have been made at all.”
Roughly 6 percent of children in the U.K. have some form of disability, according to the UK Office for Disability Issues.
Brewer said he was “hot under the collar” when he made the comment after a morning meeting about budget and job cuts.