‘We take this situation very seriously’ Dothan City Schools investigating employee’s social media comments

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Update:

The employee in question has been identified as Timothy Gillespie, an assistant coach for the Dothan High School Varsity Boys Football Team.

Although numerous screenshots of Gillespie’s posts have circulated via social media, WDHN chose to give DCS an opportunity to identify the employee.

UPDATE:

DCS officials have confirmed the situation is under investigation by the school system’s personnel department.

According to DCS Public Information/Relations Officer Meagan Dorsey, due to personnel confidentiality and privacy concerns, Superintendent Edwards is unable to comment on the matter.

However, Dorsey told WDHN the superintendent would attempt to answer as many questions as possible during the upcoming Virtual Press Conference that is set for Monday, June 1.

Currently, DCS employees are expected to abide by the Dothan City Board of Education Policy Manual which states:

“Employees are expected to treat all students, co-employees, visitors, and guests of the Board with respect. Employees are expected to demonstrate moderation, restraint, and civility in their dealings with others and, in general, to serve as appropriate role models for students in their behavior and demeanor.”

ORIGINAL REPORT:

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City Schools is investigating a DCS employee’s social media comments, possibly related to the protests in Minneapolis.

According to the school system’s Facebook page, Dr. Phyllis Edwards “has been made aware” about the comments and school officials are “taking the necessary steps to appropriately handle the situation.”

WDHN has received unconfirmed reports that indicate the social media comments in question are connected to a Dothan High School coach. However, the school has not confirmed this information.

WDHN has reached out to DCS for more information.

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