A school employee in Columbus, Ohio is set to lose his job after posting anti-LGBT comments on social media ahead of the city’s annual Pride parade.
Chris Dodds, a garage assistant supervisor who has worked for Columbus City Schools since 2004, posted the homophobic message on the pride event’s Facebook page last week.
“I hope this event turns out like the Boston Marathon a few years back,” he wrote, adding that he thought all LGBT people “should be killed or at least relocated.”
The school district quickly caught wind of the bigoted post and ensured families that he would be terminated.
“Columbus City Schools values and celebrates its diversity,” said Scott Varner, a spokesperson for the district. “Please know that we are working with authorities to address this matter and his actions. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
Varner added that the school district was “gearing up for an even larger contingent of teachers, staff, students, families and allies” to march at the Pride parade, estimating upwards of 400 people to participate.
Thankfully, Dodds’ threats did not come to pass as more than 500,000 people safely gathered at the Pride celebration this past Saturday. While the festivities were reportedly joyous, police did arrest four protesters who blocked the parade route to speak out against the acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in 2016.
The demonstrators linked arms and explained that they wanted seven minutes of silence to commemorate the seven bullets used to kill Castile. Though the parade marchers stopped and were listening to what they had to say, police showed up on bikes and aggressively removed the protesters from the route.