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S.C. assistant principal resigns over bullying on Facebook

An assistant principal in South Carolina is learning the rules of what is okay and what is not okay to post on Facebook the hard way—after resigning from his position.

An assistant principal posted a photo he took at Wal-Mart to Facebook.
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The reason Charles Fowler stepped down from his job at Walhalla High School on Tuesday is that he posted a photo of a 6-year-old girl in a Wal-Mart. The caption read “Honey Boo-Boo in Wal-Mart.”

The photo was completely unedited and showed the young girl’s face in full.

According to WYFF 4, news of the post spread fast, and the kindergartener stayed home from school on Monday. The girl’s great-grandmother, Elaine Thompson, spoke with the station and said, “She’s got health problems. I take her to the doctor for that. (Fowler) has devastated my family. He has embarrassed us.”

She continued on to say how the little girl has reacted to the Facebook post. Thompson said, “(She) was up until after midnight and she was saying, “Nanny people are calling me Honey Boo-Boo.’ She said, ‘ Nanny, I’ve got to lose some weight.’…”

Following the incident, hundreds of people signed an online petition calling for Fowler’s resignation. The school district issued a statement with its no-tolerance stance for bullying. They said the issue was being investigated and will be addressed.

On Monday, Fowler was placed on administrative leave and as of Tuesday, the superintendent confirmed that he had resigned.

Station WAFF 48 reported that Fowler’s son and daughter both called their father’s actions “unacceptable.” His Facebook account has since been made private.

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