BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Two Brunswick County agencies have addressed inappropriate online Facebook posts from affiliated employees.
Tuesday, Brunswick County Schools announced it became aware of a social media posts that included a screenshot of an image depicting a noose posted by a former substitute teacher.
Upon investigating, the school realized the individual had submitted her resignation last Tuesday.
“The school system is committed to being a community of diversity, inclusion, and respect for each and every person,” Brunswick County Schools shared in a release addressing the post.
The same day, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office addressed a post made by a Detention Facility employee. It is unclear exactly what the post was, but the Sheriff’s Office stated it was regarding the ongoing protests occurring across the country surrounding George Floyd’s death. The employee was fired after the sheriff’s office became aware of the post.
“We have a very clear social media policy that is based on national standards that states in part, ‘Employees are prohibited from posting, broadcasting, or otherwise disseminating any sexual, violent, racial, ethnically derogatory material, or comments, pictures, artwork, video or other references on their website or through any other medium of communication.’ For this reason, the situation was handled swiftly and emphatically, resulting in the employee’s termination,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook addressing the matter.
Though no New Hanover County Schools employees have been disciplined for recent posts, the school system took the opportunity Tuesday to remind employees of appropriate online behavior. In an email to school system employees, NHCS HR administrator reminded employees that while it respects their First Amendment rights, employees are encouraged to be thoughtful and deliberate rather than reactionary when posting online.