Custodian placed on unpaid leave after death threat
PHELPS COUNTY - The St. James R-1 School District custodian who allegedly hung a noose and threatened to hang a coworker was placed on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday, according to The St. James Leader Journal.
The decision was made public after the district's board of education met in a closed session on Sept. 30.
If the employee returns to the district he will be permanently transferred elsewhere in the district.
The NAACP called for a federal investigation on behalf of the custodian who was threatened with the noose. According to earlier reports, the custodian was a victim of racist remarks for years without intervention from supervisors.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is hoping its investigation will lead to a charge of discrimination as protected under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The St. James Police Department is conducting a separate investigation. The evidence will be sent to the Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where a decision will be made whether or not to pursue criminal charges.
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