A comment left on Facebook praising the actions of Charleston shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof has led to Kurtis Cook, a volunteer firefighter in Mabank, Texas being sacked.
The man’s Facebook post stated that Roof ‘…needs to be praised for the good deed he has done.’
The post would lead to one commentator, Elliot Brown encouraging those that were offended to call Mabank fire department and report the firefighter.
Wrote the Charlottesville, Va. resident: ‘Tell them their firefighter, Kurtis Cook, is making racist comments on Facebook and whatever else feels right to you. Be peaceful and kind even though his ignorance is hateful and angry.’
Soon after the comment came to be spotted on Thursday, Mabank Fire Department began an internal investigation which led to the outlet swiftly announcing that Kurtis Cook no longer worked at the fire department.
Told a statement by the fire department: ‘The Mabank Fire Department Command Staff has terminated Kurtis Cook as a volunteer Firefighter permanently and has trespassed him from all Mabank Fire Department property. The Mabank Fire Department does not condone nor promote these type of actions or thoughts. On behalf of all members, the Mabank Fire Department offers our deepest apologies to all that were offended by his actions and comments.’
What do you think? Was the fire department out of line in firing an employee who was expressing an opinion? Evan an opinion that most of us would agree is mean spirited and highly distasteful? An opinion that came to be expressed outside of work ….