Fairborn High School. STAFF/JAMES RIDER

Fairborn teacher placed on administrative leave after social media comments

A Fairborn City Schools teacher and assistant football coach has been placed on administrative leave and is under investigation after recent comments posted to social media.

The  high school teacher and assistant football coach reportedly responded to a Twitter post stating that Pres. Donald Trump “called black people ‘thugs’” by tweeting back, “Just because he speaks the truth you all can’t stand it. Take your blinders off.”

On Saturday, the district’s Facebook page posted a statement, saying it became aware Friday night of comments on social media regarding personal statements from a staff member. The district did not mention the comments in question, as the post by the staffer was deleted.

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“The statement does not reflect the beliefs or ideals of the Fairborn Board of Education or the Administration and school district,” stated the post. “The district is currently investigating the issue. Fairborn City Schools has a proud history of diversity and inclusion. The statements made do not reflect the belief system and values of our schools.”

Fairborn Superintendent Gene Lolli issued a statement Monday, stating leadership in the district received complaints regarding personal comments made on social media by a high school teacher, assistant football coach.

“This staff member has been placed on administrative leave from all teaching and coaching duties while an independent investigation is conducted to determine whether any Board of Education policies have been violated,” Lolli said. “Since this is a pending personnel matter, our practice is to not publicly discuss the specific facts and circumstances that led to this individual being placed on administrative leave.”

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The district has not yet publicly named the staffer in question. 

“Once the investigation is completed, we will review the facts and take appropriate action,” Lolli said. 

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