An Iowa high school teacher has been placed on leave after leaving a "threatening" Facebook comment on a news story about climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Accompanying an article about Thunberg’s upcoming visit to Iowa, science teacher Matt Baish posted:
Don't have my sniper rifle.
Then screenshots of his comments were posted on the Waterloo Community School District Facebook page.
According to an email statement by Waterloo School's director of school and community relations Tara Thomas, Baish has since been placed on administrative leave.
We are aware of a social media situation involving one of our employees.
The nature of the content shared rose to the level of putting this employee on administrative leave pending an investigation.
We appreciate your patience as we sort through the details and thank you for respecting the process.
Thomas also shared the school district's social media policy, which includes guidelines prohibiting content that "would be defined by a reasonable person as obscene, racist, or sexist," "promotes illicit, illegal, or unethical activity" or "violates the district’s affirmative action and/or bullying and harassment policies."
Last week, Thunberg joined more than 3,000 activists at a climate strike on Friday afternoon in Iowa City. At the march, she said:
We teenagers and children shouldn't have to take the responsibility but right now the world leaders keep acting like children and someone needs to be the adult in the room.
The world is waking up. We are the change and change is coming whether they like it or not.
HT USA Today