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October 25, 2014

School employees' apparent Facebook conversation causes ruckus

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:38 pm | Updated: 12:47 am, Sat Aug 30, 2014.

TALLADEGA -- Although the anticipated protests Friday morning and afternoon failed to materialize, a series of apparently racist comments on Facebook, purportedly made by two Talladega High School employees, has caused on uproar in the community.

Screenshots reviewed by The Daily Home show at least two high school employees exchanging comments about “monkeys” at the school. One of the employees says “I avoid the monkeys at all costs. I have some bananas on my desk at work. Maybe if I give them one, it’ll calm them down.”

The second employee is shown saying, “I have to stay off FB at school, cause we have a chip implanted in us and they know our every poot. Oops. Excuse me…”

Although The Daily Home only saw two of the pages, rumors about other comments, including possibly derogatory statements about recently hired Principal Darius J. Williams, were widely rumored.

Both Facebook pages appear to have been taken down as of Friday.

What actions, if any, have been taken by the district office against the employees remained unclear Friday afternoon.

After spending approximately 45 minutes in the Central Office waiting to speak with Superintendent Donna King, The Daily Home was presented a written statement by designated media relations person Joni Baker.

“It would be premature and inappropriate for this office to make a comment until all information has been thoroughly investigated,” the statement said.

“Any incident or situation which takes away from our primary goal of educating students and providing children with a safe and secure learning environment will be addressed according to all applicable laws as well as the Talladega City School System policy. Our focus is on the best interest of every student in our school district.”

Attempts to reach King and the faculty members involved Friday afternoon were unsuccessful.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com

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