The Conroe Independent School District in Texas is reviewing a post on a school officer’s Facebook page that referred to “anti-Trump sentiment” as “retardation.”
A Philadelphia resident said he came across the social media post shared by the officer when a mutual friend started a topic about the recent tragedy at Ohio State University that left 11 hospitalized and the Muslim attacker dead, as well as discussion of law enforcement.
The thread included discussion about law enforcement, President-elect Donald Trump and race relations in the United States, according to the Philadelphia man.
The post states, “Retardation is airborn [sic]. Your only warning sign: it can be heard yelling “You racist” or “(expletive) Trump” just before you breath [sic] it in. Careful out there, my friends.”
The man said he is disturbed by the officer’s remarks and mentality as a member of law enforcement.
“He is not just a regular member of society,” he said. “People think that police officers by in large are good-natured folks. Unfortunately, you have a whole lot of officers that feel the way Mr. Walters feels on Facebook. I would like to see him removed from his job.”
According to the Conroe ISD employee handbook revised July 2016, if an employee posts messages or pictures which diminish the employee’s professionalism or discredits the employee’s capacity to maintain the respect of students and parents, the employee’s ability to effectively perform his or her job will be impaired.
“This type of material includes, but is not limited to, text or pictures involving hate speech, nudity, obscenity, vulgarity, conduct illegal for a minor, or sexually explicit content,” the handbook stated. “If an employee’s use of electronic media interferes with the employee’s ability to effectively perform his or her job duties, the employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”