A Lufkin principal was placed on administrative leave after he was thought to have made a comment on Facebook describing the U.S. as “looking like Mexico and South America” with citizens “doomed to have a dirty country.”
William Dugat had been Lufkin Middle School’s eighth-grade principal, according to the school’s website.
“We do not support or condone his actions or comments,” Lufkin ISD spokeswoman Sheila Adams told the Lufkin Daily News.
On Thursday, a women posted a photograph of herself with Beto O’Rourke, who was making a campaign stop in the East Texas town.
A comment, which was made by a user named William Dugat, read: “I worry about the USA looking like Mexico and South America with so many illegal aliens welcomed.”
Community members joined the Facebook debate, drumming up support for and against the principal.
“How can he adequately serve the needs of his non-white students as an open, proud racist?” Melissa Childs asked.
“He is supporting the law of the land,” James Pyle wrote. “How is that grounds for suspension?”