Georgia principal back on the job weeks after anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-poor Facebook posts
Lambert High School principal Gary Davison spends his day leading young minds in Georgia. Outside of school, he posts hateful comments about welfare recipients, Planned Parenthood, Caitlyn Jenner, the LGBT community and Islamophobic slams on refugees.
The school has a growing number of diverse students and according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they have a long-standing and strict policy for employees when it comes to social media:
“A good question that staff members should ask themselves before posting or emailing a message is, ‘Would I mind if that information appeared on the front page of the local newspaper?’ If the answer is ‘yes,’ then do not post it. Email and social networking sites are very public places.”
Many former students requested to be friends with Principal Davidson and he happily accepted them, but they quickly began seeing the school’s head express his true feelings. One former student posted a heartfelt rebuttal to an Islamophobic comment Davidson made saying:
“You were the person who plastered signs about Lambert having diversity all over the school, while posting on your Facebook that Muslims were not allowed in the country. You approved an after-school group that brought people of different nationalities and races together and you talked about accepting everyone, then you shared posts about keeping Syrian refugees out of our country.”
Davidson received an “open-ended suspension,” according to the superintendent and released a statement acknowledging that he embarrassed the school and offended many but neglected to disavow his racism or hate. It wasn’t long before that suspension was lifted, and on Monday, he was allowed back into the school after just a few weeks.
“I firmly believe he has learned from this experience and is committed to ensuring a positive culture and climate for all students that attend Lambert,” Forsyth school superintendent Jeff Bearden wrote on the school’s website.
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon slammed Donald Trump in an interview last week when she described him as nothing more than the “drunk uncle at your wedding.” According to her, Trump’s racist and Islamophobic remarks are having the impact of normalizing the type of racism Davidson exhibited in American society. Calls of racism for Trump aren’t anything new, however, he isn’t being suspended from the campaign trail, if anything it empowers him and his supporters even more.