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School Bus Driver Fired For Refusing To Take Back Facebook Post

Johnny Cook fired over Facebook post

Haralson County, GA — A school bus driver was fired for refusing to take back a post he wrote on Facebook about a hungry student.

Johnny Cook was outraged to learn that one of the middle school students who rides his bus was unable to eat lunch because he was 40 cents short.

“Had it on my mind and had it on my heart and simply made the Facebook post that said that, ‘Mr. Johnny I’m hungry,’ and told the story exactly like it was,” Cook said. “I posted my phone number and said ‘the next time we have a kid at the register for 40 cent and we can’t feed him, please call me. I’ll scrape up the money.’ About 200 people liked it, loved it, did all the things that Facebook does and it just caught fire.”

The next day, Cook met with the the superintendent and was given the option to either recant and apologize or be fired. Cook chose the latter option and said that he wasn’t going to recant his story because he felt the boy was telling the truth.

However, Haralson County Superintendent Brent Stanton said it never happened and that the incident was investigated thoroughly.

“The video surveillance footage clearly shows that the student never went through the lunch lines at the county middle school,” he said. However, the sixth grade boy wrote a statement about the incident with the date that it happened and his conversation with Cook.

Stanton said he wouldn’t discuss Cook’s termination because it was a personnel matter, but he did say that the school district has a strict social media policy.

The policy reads in part, “Employees who post or contribute any comment or content on social networking sites that causes a substantial disruption to the instructional environment are subject to disciplinary procedures up and including termination.”

Cook said he doesn’t regret his decision, but there is currently a petition going around to get him his job back.

“I’m proud of the reaction and I’m proud I was able to make a stand when some people may not be able to. And maybe I was able to make a change, in some way, cause a little change,” he said.

You can see the post that got Johnny Cook fired below.

School bus driver fired over Facebook post

Do you think Johnny Cook should have been fired for his post? Should he be given his job back?

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17 Responses to “School Bus Driver Fired For Refusing To Take Back Facebook Post”

  1. Heather Kinslow

    I don't see how it "caused a substantial disruption to the instructional environment" So please explain to me why this man got fired.

  2. Dee O'Shields

    I do not see where he even mentioned the school so how was it a disruption to the enviroment, and no he should NOT lose his job for caring is that not what we or most of us try to teach our children to do is care for one another.

  3. Michelle Faustermann

    He should not be fired. The mentality of a school system that would rather throw food away than feed a hungry child is what should be questioned. They can deny all they please. I have seen this happen at my children's school.
    If we treated our children like the school's sometimes do they would have CPS at our door.

  4. Charles D Mock

    I believe the vía driver should have been arrested and charged with failure to ignore school's right to deny food to Low income leaches. Let this be a lesson to you loving caring goody-two shoes. To quote DSS Secretary. Some live some die! Deal with it.

  5. Coleen's Page

    Give him his job back…technicalities or not, he did the right thing and the school, if wanting to save face, should also do the right thing. Then no one is put out.

  6. Chris Feltner

    I think that the school system should be fired this in no way disruptions the education of any students in fact it says clearly that it will help them. Dont think she should get his job back tho. Rhink he shiuld get the super attendants job

  7. Vera Cumberland

    If there was more people like Mr. Johnny, then there would be less kids that are hungry. He should get his job back, what kind of school would fire a person for speaking the truth?

  8. Chantal Roberts

    This man should not have been fired. The school board is becoming as cold hearted as politicians and we need more people like him to start standing up for the kids.

  9. Chantal Roberts

    This man should not have been fired. The school board is becoming as cold hearted as politicians and we need more people like him to start standing up for the kids.

  10. Jeanette Appice Zeitz

    I see no contract issues with what he posted. This man will get his job back and whomever pushed this forward should hang their head in shame.

  11. Ro Gi

    more school Bs just who the hell do the schools think they are anyhow ????????

  12. Ro Gi

    more school Bs just who the hell do the schools think they are anyhow ????????

  13. Ro Gi

    more school Bs just who the hell do the schools think they are anyhow ????????

  14. Wayne Christensen

    I would have thought that the school would have a policy against bullying. I guess it's OK to bully, as long as it is an administrator doing the bullying, and it's a low level employee being bullied, and not a student.