Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker has issued an apology to Newtown, Conn.
That follows an announcement by the Westboro Baptist Church that it plans to picket the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children were killed last Friday.
"Given the situation those folks are in, obviously I feel very bad, and the whole country feels very bad for them in their time of need," says Manspeaker.
"We don't want them to think that Topekans are represented by the Phelps."
The Westboro Baptist Church is headquartered in Topeka.