Tyler Roysdon, 20, a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township, Ohio, was suspended without pay when his superiors learned about a racist Facebook post Royston authored. The suspension is indefinite “pending a disciplinary hearing by the Board of Trustees for conduct unbecoming a township employee.”
As reported by The Grio:
Tyler Roysdon, 20, was suspended without pay when Fire Chief Steve Bishop learned about his social media post.
Township Administrator Traci Stivers said, “Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed.” She also said she was not aware of how the Chief found out about the racist post or how long it had been up before it was discovered.
The offensive post said that if Roysdon had to choose between saving a dog or a black man from a burning building, he would rather save the dog first since “one dog is more important than a million n*ggers.”
The steps taken to punish Roysdon are the most severe steps the Chief was allowed to take.
Roysdon naively thought he could say whatever he wanted on social media without consquence. Roysdon was bold behind a keyboard but is now facing the consequences that come with sharing one’s bigoted views on social media. His views are not to be taken lightly, as he is publicly saying that the lives of blacks mean nothing to him and for that he should not be in a position where people must trust him with their lives.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think Roysdon should be permitted to go back to work after his suspension? If you are a black person in his community, would you trust your life in his hands?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)