School Staff Member Wishes Harm Upon Trump Supporters in Facebook Post
A staff member of the Rome City School District, located in Upstate New York, is facing heat for a Facebook post he published calling Trump supporters “white privileged,” “scum,” and “a plague upon the world,” while also wishing serious ill upon them.
Multiple news outlets have characterized the poster, Brandon Mendoza, as a teacher, but the school system’s superintendent, Peter Blake, would only reference Mendoza as a “staff member.”
Mendoza’s post reads, "Just want to remind the white privileged Trump supporters, who are eerily silent as of late, that you're scum and yourself a plague upon the world. I hope the universe blesses you with infertility and the inability to piss without it hurting. Y'all extinct. Go the f*** away. Be shameful. We will never forget."
The staff member ends his post, "Oh, and if you're family or you consider yourself a close friend and voted for him, go f*** yourself. I will gladly take a bereavement day at the spa when you expire."
In a response to the many concerns the superintendent received, he issued a statement saying, "Thank you to everyone who reached out to express their concern and disappointment caused by the comments of a staff member. Our district believes in equity & tolerance and the individual's comments do not reflect those values. While we cannot speak publicly about personnel-related issues, I can assure you that we are addressing the situation with our legal counsel and the State Education Department. On behalf of all Rome City School District employees, I am sorry that our school community was represented in such a negative light."
Local media outlet, the Rome Sentinel, reported that Blake was asked if the statement he issued was in regard to Mendoza’s post about Trump supporters. Blake responded that it “was in reference to a staff member wishing harm on people” and “nothing to do with politics.”
Blake additionally stated, "hate is hate, and wishing harm on people is not OK...regardless of political opinions or viewpoints of the world. It is not what public schools anywhere represent and certainly not the ideals of our school community in Rome,"
There has not been any public discussion at this time about what action will be taken against Mendoza, if any. One thing’s for sure, people who are disturbed like this do not belong in academia whatsoever, let alone in a professional workplace. Individuals like Mendoza must be held responsible for their violent rhetoric, especially in a field that interacts directly with our children.