US: Substitute teacher fired from McCormick after reporting hate speech, LCSD1 investigating

 A substitute teacher who co-sponsored the Gay Straight Alliance club at Cheyenne'e McCormick Junior High was fired shortly after news broke that anti-gay and racist flyers had been posted and distributed at the school.

Kaycee Cook said she received an email Wednesday afternoon from Principal Jeff Conine informing her she was terminated from her substitute position. She said she believes Conine took the action after she called members of Wyoming Equality, a local LGBTQ advocacy group, to tell them about the flyers.

Conine said Thursday he was not prepared to make a statement about the email.

The email from Conine to Cook reads, “I am notifying you that due to incidents that have occurred at McCormick you are no longer welcome as a guest or a substitute teacher in our building.”

The email continues by saying if Cook wishes to visit her husband, who is a full-time teacher at the school, she may only do so when students are not present in the classroom.

When Cook arrived at school Wednesday, she was shown a flyer that read “it’s great to be straight it’s not ok to be gay,” “black lives only matter because if it weren’t for them who would pick our cotton,” and “Join the kkk,” with “the confederate kid club” in parentheses beneath it. Several teachers and students told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle the flyers had been taped to walls and passed out by some students during the school day. Read more via Wyoming News