White Teacher Tells Colleagues To “Just Shoot” At Black Men In Neighborhood
Racism is all-too prevalent in 2015 and the recent commentary on a Facebook group for a Baltimore social club proved just how much of a problem it is in present day.
Several comments that suggested shooting unrecognized black men in the Bowleys Quarters neighborhood of Baltimore County sparked outrage on social media Wednesday, including a tweet from Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
The comments were posted in a Facebook group called the “Bowleys Quarters Social Club” about three black men seen near the Revolea Beach area. One commenter called for neighbors to “just shoot them,” another said gun violence was the “only way to resolve the issue,” and a third said: “Why wait for them to stick first. get the shot gun lets go hunting! Lol they gonna learn tonight.”
The posts, which have since been deleted, were captured and reposted on the page of local blogger A.F. James MacArthur, who goes by “Baltimore Spectator” online. His online article, which contained screen grabs of the comments, was widely spread on Twitter, including by Jones.
“I have a story that I want to shine some light on cause it’s just wrong for ppl to continue to think racism is ok,” Jones tweeted. “This is not ok. This could be my son and I.”
County Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins, who represents Bowleys Quarters, said she saw the comments Wednesday and added that the Facebook discussion was not reflective of the community.
Baltimore County public school officials said they are investigating because someone using the name of a teacher in the district posted comments on the board.
The district said in a statement that it has “an expectation of behavior, conduct, and setting of an example by our staff when they are inside and outside the school system.”