Parents in Crossville were upset after reading a Facebook post that appeared to be written by the principal of Stone Memorial High School, Scott Maddox. A concerned viewer sent WATE 6 On Your Side a screen shot of it.
The post is about the suspected school shooter in Florida and part of it reads, “Execute him by firing squad during primetime on national television. To drive home the point, dress him in all white in front of a white block wall in front of the firing squad.”
During a phone call, Maddox did not confirm or deny he wrote it.
“That’s not something that needs to be put in their head because that is part of the problem,” said parent Pat Waits.
Some parents felt it’s inappropriate if their child’s principal put this online and said it deserves disciplinary action.
“It’s his personal opinion. That’s not something to put out for everyone to see because he knows the students were going to see it,” said Waits.
Others, like Brandy Allred, said she was shocked about the post but understood why someone would be angry.
“No parent wants to send their child to school with the underlying fear that something like this could happen,” said Allred.
WATE 6 On Your Side was told the post has been taken down but parents felt that doesn’t make a difference.
Janet Graham, the superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, said in a statement: “Dr. Maddox’s comment seems to reflect his own personal frustration with the shocking increase in school shootings across our country especially in light of his own sense of responsibility for the students in his school. His views do not reflect the position of the Cumberland County Board of Education nor the administration. We pray not only for the families of those lost but also for an end to this disturbing trend.”