CCS working toward termination of employee who called for violence during Pride Parade

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Schools announced Friday the district is working to terminate an employee who said this year’s Pride Parade and Festival should turn out like the Boston Marathon.

In a statement Friday, the district said:

I can share that the District is working toward his termination. More importantly, we are gearing up for an even larger contingent of teachers, staff, students, families and allies planning to march together at tomorrow’s Pride Parade. We are expecting well over 400 people – upward of 500 now as people positively respond to the immediate actions we took as a District following this employee’s unacceptable actions.

The post was made to a page dedicated to the event; the poster wrote, “I hope this event turns out like the Boston Marathon a few year’s (sic) back.” The post continues with, “All [LGBTQ people] should be killed or at least relocated.”

Columbus Police say they are looking into the post, and have informed Homeland Security which is now also getting involved.

When approached at their home Thursday, the poster refused to explain his comment, and acted surprised anyone was interested in it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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