Meghan Dwyer, a reporter at WITI-TV, made her way to the stage after winning an Emmy earlier this month for her report on bullying in public schools. She then delivered a brutally honest acceptance speech that drew immediate boos from the audience at the 2014 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.
“This is for all the kids that are bullied. Seriously, public schools suck. They are horrible, they need to be held accountable,” Dwyer said. “I tried to do this with Milwaukee Public Schools.”
When she realized the crowd had quickly turned on her, she attempted to clarify her blunt remarks.
“I love public schools, my kids will go there, but they need work — sorry,” she continued. “That’s the story.”
Dwyer exited the stage to scattered applause. Watch the video below:
John LaPorte, VP of news at WITI, later told TVSpy Dwyer's comments about public schools were both "unfortunate and misplaced."
"We have spoken with Meghan at length and she has made it very clear that she misspoke as she was caught up in the excitement of the evening," he said.
Dwyer won two Emmys at the awards ceremony.