Parkersburg teacher suspended over Facebook post

PARKERSBURG (AP) – A Parkersburg South High School teacher has been suspended following a Facebook post he made regarding the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance student club.

Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that David Foggin was suspended on Tuesday for four days.

“It will be until spring break,” which is scheduled to begin Monday, Law said. “He’s not in the classroom this week.”

The Wood County Board of Education will decide after spring break whether the suspension is paid or unpaid, and whether to make any changes.

“That’s up to the board as to whether to approve it or not,” Law said.

The newspaper reported Monday that Foggin had posted an image on Facebook on Friday of a poster advertising the student club’s meetings, along with a comment, “Club meeting at PSHS!! Rally around them and show ur support. We are also considering a drunks-t totaller club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs. Please donate and support us. Thank u!!! I think I hear the drag already zinging.”

A telephone listing for Foggin in the Parkersburg area couldn’t be found. He declined to comment about the post to the newspaper on Monday.

Law said the incident remains under investigation.

Wood County Board of Education President Tim Yeater said he wanted to ensure the school system conducted a thorough investigation.

“Our main concern here is our students and student rights,” Yeater told the newspaper, “but we also have a vested interest in our employee rights.”