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Leon Schools: Employee’s Facebook post “not meant to be divisive or hurtful”

The district informed Nikki Bradley of her new assignment at Killearn Lakes Elementary in a letter sent on August 31, five days after she made her inappropriate post.
The district informed Nikki Bradley of her new assignment at Killearn Lakes Elementary in a letter sent on August 31, five days after she made her inappropriate post.(Leon County Schools)
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 2:14 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 1:26 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Leon County school administrators Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.

The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.

Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:

“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.

#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”

“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.

The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”

McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.

“A formal apology from Ms. Bradley to our community is forthcoming,” McAllister said.

LCS says Bradley’s post violated its code of ethics, which says educators are aware of keeping the respect and confidence of their students, parents, colleagues and other members of the community.

The district says Bradley could face more punitive discipline if she breaks LCS policies, rules and directives again.

“It was insensitive, it was wrong, and we have taken action,” said superintendent Hanna.

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Posted by Leon County Schools on Thursday, September 3, 2020

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