Two Georgia Department of Corrections workers allegedly joked about assaulting and abusing inmates as part of the #FeelingCuteChallenge tearing through Facebook.
The tongue-in-cheek “challenge” requires users to post a self-portrait with a caption saying something to the effect of: “Feeling cute, might (insert action here) later…” The challenge has drawn scrutiny to some government employees who’ve allegedly made insensitive remarks.
A Facebook user named Ke’Nya Hill, who claims to work at a Georgia prison, wrote that she “might shoot your baby daddy today,” according to the website America’s Policing Problem. In another post from a prison worker, Amelia Icesis Commodore allegedly said she “might put your baby daddy in the shower for six hours…”
The Georgia Department of Corrections said it didn’t support the statements but didn’t responded to requests about at which facilities the women work. “The GDC is diligently investigating this situation, and we are handling as internal personnel matters...,” spokeswoman Joan Heath said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The website, which publishes stories about inappropriate behavior by law enforcement, said it obtained screen shots of the posts, as well as a cache of similar posts, from a private Facebook group for correctional officers.
The spokeswoman for the state department of corrections said such statements “will not be tolerated.” The statement didn’t elaborate on what action, if any, the agency would take.
Also in Georgia, a Columbus water department worker apparently got spooked after his post saying he “might cut your water off” went viral. He deleted the post, and an agency spokesman told the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer conversations were ongoing about employees’ use of social media.
In Texas, prison officials are investigating whether guards went too far with the fad, including one post that mentioned gassing inmates, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Messages sent to the workers weren’t immediately returned.
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