A racial slur written by a Tattnall County High student on his own Facebook page has sparked rumors of threatened violence at school. But the school's principal said the student's post contained no threat.
"What he said was inappropriate, but it was not threatening," explained Glenn Stewart. Stewart said the slur, posted earlier this month but taken down this week, was not directed at anyone in particular.
Stewart said a classmate took issue with the student face to face and online. According to Stewart, the online dialogue between the two prompted others to share it with details added.
"Since it hit social media, it has been added to with untruths and half-truths. The student's post did not include any threats toward anyone. It didn't include any mention of guns, or shootings, or threatening anything bad to happen at school," the principal said.
According to Stewart, he contacted the parents of the two students involved Tuesday night and met with them early Wednesday morning - the day a shooting was rumored to happen. He said the meeting cleared the air and the meeting ended with all on good terms.
"When we left the meeting, there were concerned parents waiting to see me and I addressed them and answered their questions," he noted.
Afterward, he emailed every parent whose email address was on file to address the issue and the rumors surrounding it.
"He told me afterward that posting such an inappropriate word was stupid and he's apologized online and assured people he had no intentions of violence," Stewart added.
However, the student is facing some disciplinary action because he had also posted a picture taken at school with his phone - a violation of school rules on phone use at school.