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A former employee with the Mission Consolidated Independent School District is no longer employed there following the sharing of a racist, offensive post on Facebook.
The district made a statement on their social media on Saturday evening, June 6, that a concerned citizen sent them a “deeply offensive” post shared by a district employee. MCISD stated they viewed the post immediately, investigated the manner and addressed the employee.
“There is no way to gloss it over. The post was racist and the employee’s decision to share this racist post was a disgrace,” a post made by MCISD read on Facebook. “Mission CISD will not tolerate racism.”
The initial statement from the district went on to say that while some people may claim it was an expression of free speech, it is their duty to call out racism, and the employee’s views are not shared by Mission CISD.
While the district did not release any details about the former employee, citizens identified them in the comments on Facebook. They posted screenshots of the alleged post made, as well as an employee headshot from the Alton Memorial Junior High School campus website.
On Monday, June 8, the district posted a new statement on their social media stating that the employee responsible is no longer working at MCISD.
“We are thankful to live in a community that cares so deeply about the importance of human dignity and equality,” the post read. “Our District is committed to treating all of our students, parents, and community members with respect, dignity and equality. We will continue to grow and to build on our commitment to this ideal in every aspect of our organization.”
The district also said that they will be reviewing and updating the annual trainings provided to both employees and students.