FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County School District has released a statement following a recent Facebook posting by a former employee. The posting showed U.S. and South Dakota flags crumpled on a shelf near cleaning supplies. Cesar Zakahi who had been a custodian, said in his Facebook posting that another employee had been putting the flags away improperly and didn’t listen when told to fold the flags. He said he posted the photo-hoping that Facebook friends would contact school officials to complain. Zakahi was let go from his job with the school district on Monday and posted to Facebook that he was fired for standing up for the flag.
Today, a statement from School Board President Sarah Carter was issued. The statement read that the district has tremendous respect for both the U.S. and South Dakota flags and the allegation is being taken seriously. The note said that the storage of the flags was brought to the attention of officials January 31 and an investigation began then. The district indicated in the statement today that they did not find a mishandling of either flag and questioned whether the pictures that have been circulated showing flags lying on a shelf and on equipment were accurate. Today’s statement also said that the district doesn’t tolerate disrespect of either flag and that it denies allegations that Monday’s personnel decision had anything to do with the reporting of the mishandling of either flag. It states that the matter is a personnel issue that will be dealt with according to law and policy.
Read the entire statement HERE.
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