Custodian placed on unpaid leave after death threat

4 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, October 02 2014 Oct 2, 2014 Thursday, October 02, 2014 5:55:12 PM CDT October 02, 2014 in News
By: Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

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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