Another school district member in trouble for racist social media posts

Yesterday, I wrote about a school board member who made an offensive social media post.  Today, we have a school district employee who has made a series of very offensive posts, but this does have a different twist.

The posts in question were made by Debie McLarty, the head clerk at Walter Woodward Elementary School at the Manteca United School District in California.  Among the posts:

  • President Obama, with a bullet going through his head.
  • Family pictures wearing Confederate clothing.

Ms. McLarty’s Facebook page is private, but her Pinterest page shows the type of charged content that she uploads.

There have been a series of news stories about the posts.  Naturally, community members are upset that someone who works near children would make this type of content.  “This is the most racist stuff I’ve seen in this Valley,” said one activist.

When asked to comment, Ms. McClarty replied, “No comment.  It’s my business.”

However, the school board may have other thoughts.  School Board Vice President Sam Fant said that the posts are the school board’s business, as they have social media policies in place for their employees.  The District will investigate the postings.

What makes this one a little bit more interesting is that Ms. McLarty isn’t an elected official.  She is a private citizen who works for the school district.  However, this is more proof that being a public employee, and being paid by tax dollars, does expose you to additional public liability when it comes to your social media content.  Additionally, good for the Manteca United School District for having a social media policy.  These types of policies are necessary for situations just like this: They remove ambiguity from situations like these and make sure that employers and employees know what is expected of them when it comes to social media use.

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