School system investigating teacher's FB post
PARKERSBURG – A Facebook post by a Parkersburg South High School teacher that ignited a controversy over the weekend is under investigation by Wood County Schools, officials said on Monday.
David Foggin, a science teacher at Parkersburg South, on Friday posted a photo of a meeting announcement for the PSHS Gay-Straight Alliance, a club at the school.
“Club meeting at PSHS!! Rally around them and show ur (sic) support. We are also considering a drunks-t totaller(sic) club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs. Please donate and support us. Thank u!!!(sic) I think I hear the drag already zinging,” he said in the post.
The posting generated hundreds of comments, both in support of Foggin and those accusing him of bullying students. Screen captures of the post were shared dozens of times, including on gay, lesbian and transegender rights discussion groups.
Principal Tom Eschbacher declined to comment Monday, directing questions to the district’s central office.
In a short statement released Monday, Superintendent Pat Law said officials were aware of and are looking into the post.
“The situation is under investigation and therefore we can not comment further at this time,” he said.
When contacted at the school Monday, Foggin said he would not comment.
“I just can’t comment right now,” he said.
The post was still on Foggin’s page as of 8 p.m. on Monday.