RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man who worked as a substitute teacher in Rutherford County will no longer be allowed to do so for the school district.
Officials said David Colin reportedly made “inappropriate and threatening” comments recently on social media during the work day.
According to schools spokesman James Evans, Rutherford County contracts with Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to provide substitute teachers.
Evans told News 2 the school district has since notified PESG that Colin will not be allowed to work in any Rutherford County school as a substitute anymore.
The district was referring to comments allegedly posted on Facebook by Colin since the presidential election.
“The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter,” one post said.
Replying to a post about getting along with Trump supporters, Colin also reportedly wrote: “Shooting them sounds more appealing that [sic] getting along with them, to me anyway.”
Colin told News 2 the comments were made after the election when many people were emotional.
“They are meaningless, emotional, knee jerk comments,” explained Colin. “Obviously, anybody who has gone through my Facebook knows I am not a violent person.”
When asked about the decision to prohibit him from substitute teaching in Rutherford County Schools classrooms, Colin admits it was the cautious thing to do.
“Based on the information they had, I think I probably would have done the same thing.”
PESG indicated it will conduct an internal investigation into the allegations. Additional information was not released.