If you haven’t learned the lesson by now, here’s another crystal clear example of the modern rule that what you post on social media can affect your employment.
A gender-discrimination and Title IX trainer contracted by Guilford County Schools to train principals and assistant principals has been terminated after school officials and others read her highly controversial tweet and Facebook post.
District 59 State Rep. Jon Hardister was one of the people who let school officials know that he didn’t appreciate the comments. He contacted Guilford County School Superintendent Sharon Contreras and made her aware of the posts, and, not long after that, Wanda Legrand, the chief student services officers for Guilford County Schools, sent an email to all the principals in the county school district explaining that the Winston-Salem area professor would no longer be used by the school system for training.
Legrand wrote, “While these posts do not refer to her GCS training, due to their inappropriateness, we immediately ended our working relationship.” She added that the trainer, “will not be conducting any other professional development sessions with us in the future,” and, “If you have any gender discrimination/Title IX questions or concerns, please continue to contact me.”
This is one of the tweets the female African-American trainer sent out recently: “This week I have nine (9) trainings-presentations for school assistant principals and school principals. My trainings-presentations include a request that most books used in schools be burned. Stop using white history, white mathematics, and white science as the foundation.”
On Facebook, the trainer posted that she will “continue challenging whites and destroying white dominance,” and she added, “Whites prove DAILY that whites must be challenged and white dominance must be destroyed. Otherwise, whites would stalk brown and Black women.”
It didn’t take long until some irate Twitter and Facebook users called out the comments on their own social media pages, and, soon, local leaders and elected officials were made aware of the highly public comments that troubled many.
While the word spread on social media, one Facebook poster responding to the comments wrote, “This woman has a serious problem!” and others were critical of the school system for using taxpayer money to contract with someone who spreads this type of message.
Hardister said this week that he found the comments highly inappropriate, disturbing and racist, and he felt compelled to make school officials aware of the tweets and postings.