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MPS employee removed after Facebook post encourages violence against protesters

Posted at 7:56 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 20:56:55-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee Public Schools employee was removed from his assignment after the district learned of a social media post supporting violence against protesters in Kenosha.

The post by Facebook user Clint Walker reads: "Glad they finally got rid of 2 of the terrorists in Kenosha. Now get rid of the rest. Play stupid games, get stupid prizes. I would have done the same damn thing. I mean, these guys sit in a tree in freezing weather to shoot a deer once a year. What in the hell would you expect (other than more than 2... sort of disappointed appointed actually).

William Clint Walker is a licensed teacher in Wisconsin. The website of Rufus King International Middle School lists William Walker as a staff member.

"Honestly I was at a loss for words," said Nikerra Davis, an MPS graduate.

"It’s disturbing to see that someone we trust to care for our youth to make such comments that invalidate their experience as black youth and disregards their life," said Jada Rogers, also an MPS graduate.

Milwaukee Public Schools issued a statement saying:

“Milwaukee Public Schools is aware of the comments by Mr. Walker on social media. The statements made are not condoned by Milwaukee Public Schools. The district is following policy and procedure related to this personnel matter. Mr. Walker has been removed from assignment pending further investigation.”

The Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association also issued a statement saying:

“Clint Walker is not a member of MTEA. The social media post in question expressed hate and encourages violence against peaceful protesters. Hate has no place in our Milwaukee Public Schools.”

"We just don’t need to have those kinds of people teaching our students of color," said Nikerra.

Nikerra and Jada wrote a letter to district leaders demanding Walker's resignation.

Rogers has siblings, cousins, and mentees who are MPS students.

"As a parent that would scare me to know that not only is he saying whatever he wants to say. You can feel how you wanna feel about the black lives matter protests but we can’t neglect the fact that he’s encouraging violence. He’s encouraging also saying that he would do the same thing to another person," said Jada.

Jada and Nikerra say MPS also needs a better vetting process to ensure safe learning spaces.

TMJ4 News reached out to Walker for this story but we have not heard back.

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