In Franklin Township, Ohio a firefighter who posted a controversial phrase on his personal Facebook account has now been suspended indefinitely.
20 year old Tyler Roydson was formally suspended without pay by Fire Chief Steve Bishop after Bishop says he was informed about the post on Roydson’s social media account.
Township Administrator Traci Stivers released an official statement which said, “Fire Chief Steve Bishop immediately contacted the firefighter and directed the comments be removed.”
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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Screenshot of the now deleted Facebook post on Tyler Roydson’s account.</span>
The Franklin Township Board of Trustees said that the suspension is “for conduct unbecoming a township employee”.
Stivers also added that Fire Chief Bishop. Took the toughest possible action he could in his position, which doesn't allow for the complete termination of employees but only suspensions.
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“This is not acceptable behavior for a township employee,” she said in the statement. “As a rule all employees are given a closed-door disciplinary hearing that gives them a chance to provide witnesses or evidence proving their innocence.”
Essentially this man's life is likely ruined over comments he made in his person's account which others have deemed as hate speech or racist.
Whether or not you agree with his statement, Roydson was practicing Free Speech, which is protected under the constitution even if it triggers you or is deemed as politically incorrect.
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The Board of Trustees will now hold a disciplinary hearing on September 27th at 7 PM at the Franklin Township Administration Building, where members of the public can attend to express their anger or support for Roydson.
Roydson will have the right to question any witnesses called on the Township’s behalf. However, if he elects to attend the hearing, the Trustees will ask him to respond to the allegations of misconduct.
Failure to respond or not respond truthfully may result in further disciplinary action, including possible termination.
Trustees President Brian Morris has already expressed anguish at the incident, which effectively shows that the Board of Trustees already have their minds made up before the hearing even occurs.
“He blatantly said on social media that he wouldn’t do that,” Morris said. “Even if you take race out of it, it still would be wrong. I’m disgusted in what he said. There is no reason for him to say that anytime, anywhere. That should never be said.”
Regardless if the post was appropriate, it occurred on Roydson’s personal Facebook account.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We need to start emailing and calling these people to get <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TylerRoysdon?src=hash">#TylerRoysdon</a> fired. A fire dept is no place for a fat <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/racist?src=hash">#racist</a> pig. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DumpTrump?src=hash">#DumpTrump</a> <a href="https://t.co/OHScEYQtOG">pic.twitter.com/OHScEYQtOG</a></p>— Truth Speaker (@Truth_Speaker) <a href="https://twitter.com/Truth_Speaker/status/908802642775875585">September 15, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Social Justice Warriors are now attempting to get thousands of liberals to contact the Board of Trustees and demand Roydson is terminated, in a direct assault on the Constitution.
If America begins to terminate or discipline citizens over wrongthink or politically incorrect opinions on the internet you're setting a dangerous precedent for 1984 style censorship and control.
What's tragic about this situation is that it never occurred whilst Roydson was at work, didn't occur on the clock, didn't happen on his employer's devices, and in no way, shape, or form was affiliated with his position outside of referencing the career of firefighter.
I realize that if it had occurred at his work, or while he was working; then such a punishment should or could be enforced.
However that's not the case, it happened on his private leisure time and if we're going to begin such attempts to silence individuals at home by firing them from their careers then millions of Americans would be without jobs overnight.
While it may have been tasteless, the Constitution guarantees free speech, and Tyler Roydson did nothing wrong.