Education official fired over Facebook posts


Education official fired over Facebook posts

The Georgia education official who posted online about race, religion and partisan politics was fired Tuesday.

Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods issued a statement saying he was “disgusted” by the Facebook posts of associate superintendent Jeremy Spencer and that, as of Tuesday, he was no longer a Department of Education employee.

The announcement came within an hour of a call at the Capitol for Spencer’s termination.

Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, called on the GOP school leader to fire Spencer, saying in the well of the Senate that “Mr. Spencer has crossed the line.”

Spencer frequently posted his thoughts and news accounts about blacks, Muslims, partisan politics and other topics that would be dangerous territory for a teacher. His Facebook site was taken down Monday after inquiries by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before that, though, he’d allowed a picture of a lynching that was posted by a “friend” to remain on his site for more than two months.

Fort, who is black, said the site contained “some of the most vile images and entries” he’d seen on a public official’s site. While the Facebook site was Spencer’s personal one, he identified himself on the site as a Georgia Department of Education official and discussed educational issues there.

Fort, who is the Democratic party whip in the Senate, said Spencer’s decisions on social media were “more than just a mistake of judgment,” calling the content he found there “meanness.”

Woods said that, “Like most people, I was disheartened and disgusted to see the posts made by Mr. Spencer.” He said the posts did not reflect his opinions nor those of the education department.

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