Talladega parents allege school employee wrote racist Facebook posts
TALLADEGA, Alabama -- Several parents and community members in Talladega are upset Friday over allegations of racial comments made from a school employee's Facebook page.Parents tell ABC 33/40 a guidance counselor at Talladega High School wrote a racially-charged message on the social network this week. In fact, one parent sent screen shots to ABC 33/40 from the supposed employee's alleged Facebook account. The post reads, in part, "I avoid monkeys at all costs. I have some bananas on my desk at work. Maybe if I give them one, it'll calm them down."
ABC 33/40 has found the alleged employee's name listed in the school's handbook. However, it's unclear who may have written the post. The Facebook account in question has since been blocked or deleted.Media Relations Representative Joni Baker from Talladega City Schools spoke briefly to ABC 33/40, providing a statement.The statement reads in part, "It would be premature and inappropriate for this office to make a comment until all information has been thoroughly investigated," Baker says. A Talledega High School administrator declined to identify the employee.
Talladega County NAACP President Hugh Morris says the organization is looking into the parents' claims. But he admits that nowhere in the alleged Facebook post does it mention "students" or any specific race. Morris also says there is the possibility the account was hacked.
Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story, as well as a reports in our afternoon newscasts.