The Clarksville-Montgomery County School system is looking into a Byrns Darden Elementary teacher’s social media post in which he said a teen should have shot a man dressed as President Donald Trump instead of punching him.
Just before Halloween, a man was standing in line at a Naples haunted house when a 14-year-old girl walked straight up to the man and punched him square in the jaw.
The victim, who was dressed as Donald Trump for the Halloween event, instantly had the girl removed from the premises by the police.
After that, a social media user was talking about the incident saying that the girl should be held accountable. But school teacher Mosley disagreed and said that girl should have shot and killed the Trump supporter.
That set off an online argument with a user named Kirk Strieter, who emailed screenshots of the conversation to school board members with questions about a “disturbing encounter with one of your educators.”
The comments were being reviewed Wednesday by the CMCSS human resources department.
CMCSS spokeswoman Elise Shelton said everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but their employees are responsible for content posted online.
While declining to comment on this specific situation, as it’s still being reviewed, Shelton said, “We have a social media policy in place for a purpose not to infringe upon freedom of speech, but to be appropriate and respectful.
“If you identify yourself as a school system employee, then in fact you are somewhat speaking for the school district,” Shelton said.
Until the day after the posting, Mosley’s Facebook profile had his job listed as a CMCSS physical education teacher. The occupation field was not listed on Wednesday, and on Thursday his Facebook account seemed to be hidden or deleted.
Mosley did not return messages seeking comment.
Shelton referred back to the social media use policy the school system abides by as it states that it is recognized that everyone participates in online forms of communication but, “be mindful that what is published will be public for an indefinite time,” states the policy.
“Employees should be aware of the public and widespread nature of such media and again refrain from any comment that could be deemed unprofessional.”