A middle school principal in Texas has resigned in the midst of an investigation into an offensive comment he posted on Facebook.
KTRE-TV reports that William Dugat, who was the eighth-grade principal at Lufkin Middle School in Lufkin, Texas, has been placed on administrative leave since Oct. 28 after he made a comment on Facebook concerning immigration.
The Facebook comment that prompted the district's action was made in response to a local woman’s photo with Beto O’Rourke, who was the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas.
The comment said in part: “I worry about the USA looking like Mexico and South America with so many illegal aliens being welcomed to our country. Guess we are doomed to have a dirty country either way.”
The Lufkin Independent School District released a statement announcing Dugat’s resignation:
"Lufkin Middle School eighth grade principal, William Dugat, was placed on administrative leave after a comment he made on social media created the likelihood of a disruption of the educational process and environment. The leave preserved the status quo and protected all parties so that the District could conduct an investigation and determine what, if any, response was proper for the District. Before the investigation could be completed, Mr. Dugat voluntarily submitted his resignation from employment in the District. The resignation was accepted."
Lufkin is about 120 miles northeast of Houston.