Representatives from Richland School District One released an official statement Monday in response to a post on social media made by one of the district's bus drivers Saturday.
Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon noted the derogatory language used in the Facebook comment that was related to those involved in the George Floyd protest.
District representatives said Saturday that they were investigating the matter.
Witherspoon's official statement Monday:
"Saturday evening (May 30), we began receiving numerous screenshots of a Facebook post that contained incendiary and derogatory language regarding incidents that have occurred in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The comment was made by someone who was identified as a Richland One bus driver on his Facebook page. We began investigating this matter as soon as it was brought to our attention. That investigation concluded today (Monday, June 1). The person who made the comment on Facebook is no longer employed by Richland One.
We appreciate the many concerned students, parents, staff and community members who brought the social media post to our attention. To those who questioned whether we, as a district, condoned or supported the comment that was made, I can assure you that we did not and we do not. In Richland One, our core values include respect and compassion for all people. We hold our employees to high standards of excellence and expect their words and actions to reflect those core values not just while they are at work, but at all times."
Many parents have commented on the District's Facebook announcement, thanking Witherspoon and district officials for their swift action.