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Jefferson City Schools investigating staff member social media posts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMIZ)

The Jefferson City School District is investigating social media posts made by staff members over the past few weeks.

ABC 17 News has screenshots of the reported posts, but will not report the names of staff members until the district releases more information.

"The subject matter and content of the posts is completely unacceptable and out of line with our expectations for district employees to create an environment free from bias and exclusion," district communications director Ryan Burns said in a statement.

Jefferson City Schools does not have a social media policy in its employee handbook but does have policies against discrimination.

“The district strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information, status as a covered veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law," according to the policy.

Burns said the district's human resources department has launched an investigation into the posts.

If the posts are proven to be authentic, the district will move forward with disciplinary actions.

According to the employee handbook, any action that breaks the school policy, including the discrimination policy, could result in the staff member being fired.

This all comes after current and former students discovered the posts and put them on social media. The students referenced personal experiences and what needs to be done in the district.

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie reports on both news and sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.

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