Fitchburg Public Schools employee placed on leave following social media post

A Fitchburg Public Schools employee has been placed on paid administrative leave after school officials learned of an investigation regarding a social media post.

The employee, a paraprofessional with the district, was placed on leave to “protect the interest of the employee as well as the interest of the district,” Rick Zeena, the district’s human resources administrator, said in a statement Monday night.

“It will allow the investigation to conclude and minimize any disruption and distraction in the schools,” he said.

Zeena did not identify the employee or describe the nature of the social media post, which has since been taken down. But other media outlets reported that the employee allegedly threatened President Trump on Twitter.


The employee’s husband, a principal at the Longsjo Middle School in Fitchburg, told Boston 25 News that his wife’s post was a “lapse in judgment, a mistake.”

“It was a bad choice of words that were taken out of context,” Craig Chalifoux said.

The post, which was widely shared on social media, was made in response to a post by conservative radio talk show host and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, according to the Sentinel & Enterprise.

Walsh had written about Michael Avenatti’s proposed MMA fight with Donald Trump Jr., asking if “could we make sure they both lose?”

The Fitchburg employee responded with “No just kill Trump...” according to Boston 25 News. Other users then reported the tweet to the FBI and Secret Service.

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