Interesting. Teacher Jim Whitney is claiming that his Facebook was hacked and that is how those hideous anti-gay remarks appeared on his page. Now i know how easy it is for someones FB to be hacked. My nephews was. But i question this excuse because he issued an apology after the comments became public and made no mention of his FB being hacked. Either way he got off scott free, the school board says the case is closed….
Local radio station KZRG reports that Jim Whitney told the school board that it wasn’t him who wrote that the “moral of the story” about a recent teenage suicide in Canada is “don’t be gay.” Whoever made that post, in reply to a friend who had mentioned the tragedy, got even more offensive in a further reply.
“We’ve investigated and found no wrong-doing on the part of the teacher,” Joplin Superintendent CJ Huff told News Talk KZRG. “It’s unfortunate when you’re dealing with social media and dealing with technology and the potential for people to get on to other people’s accounts and say things that shouldn’t be said.”
The Joplin Globereports that the former student who Whitney was seen replying to, Josh Gonzalez, said the comments did seem out of character. Gonzalez says his former teacher also told him that his Facebook account had been hacked.
Whitney issued a statement about the controversy that implied the comments somehow didn’t match his own opinions, without mentioning having been hacked.
“I do not condone bullying or harassment of any kind and I am very aware and saddened by the negative impact this type of behavior creates,” he wrote to the Globe. “I regret that the posts appeared on Facebook. They do not reflect my personal views and I apologize for any and all offenses caused by the comment.”