A Florida educator was disciplined for allegedly threatening to call Donald Trump to have a group of black students “sent back to Africa,” a day after the president-elect claimed victory.
Wesley Chapel High School teacher and golf coach John Sousa was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly asked a group of girls in the corridor between class periods what they were doing.
“The teacher says to them, ‘Don’t make me call Donald Trump to get you sent back to Africa,’” parent Donnie Jones, Jr. wrote on Facebook. “When my child told me that I didn't know what to say. I was blown away.”
Jones, a photographer and U.S. veteran who served in the Navy as a paratrooper, wrote that he “saw red,” but was also nearly brought to tears by his daughter’s account.
“Politics are politics but once you say something to my child then it's f***** on,” he posted. “People ask what blacks, Muslims, gays and others that are different have to fear. This is what we f***** fear. I'm not worried about Donald. I'm worried about the dumb f**** that feel like they can say and do whatever they want now because of him.”
By Monday, Jones’ original Facebook post had been shared more than 5,000 times and had received more than 4,000 reactions.
Pasco County school district officials acted quickly as they reportedly received calls and Facebook messages about the alleged incident.
Sousa, who is white, was placed on administrative leave as an employee relations investigator was assigned to probe the students’ claims, the Tampa Bay Times reported, noting the director of employee relations was scheduled to interview Sousa Friday.
"We take this type of alleged behavior very seriously and we will not tolerate it," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe told the newspaper. "We are following our investigative procedures and will take appropriate action."
Jones wrote on Facebook that he spoke with Sousa, who allegedly admitted to saying the comment but that he was making the comment to everyone in the hallway. But Jones’ daughter said Sousa pointed directly at her and two other black students, Jones said.
“I believe he's sorry but he's only sorry because he's in trouble,” he wrote. “I'm going to see what the school does.”
InsideEdition.com has reached out to the Pasco County school district and to Sousa for comment.