MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) — Comment controversy. A Bowleys Quarters neighborhood blog goes viral after seemingly racist comments are posted, threatening violence.
Meghan McCorkell explains one of the posts appears to come from the account of a county school teacher.
The community blog is no longer public after those comments made headlines.
The quiet neighborhood of Bowleys Quarters rocked after controversial comments appear on a community blog.
“We need to all be united, not make racial comments like that,” said Luz Rodriguez.
The post first highlighted on the Baltimore Spectator website appears to show concern about three African American males walking around the Revolea Beach Drive area.
One person comments: “Only way to resolve the issue to just shoot em.”
Another says: “Get the gun and let’s go hunting.”
“There’s no room for that. To wish death or harm on another human being, no matter what color, race, that’s just ridiculous,” said Brandon Johnson.
Another post reads: “Just shoot them. Bowleys Quarters hasn’t been on the news this week.”
That comment coming from a Facebook page that appears to be linked to a man who is a teacher at Stemmer’s Run Middle School and an adjunct professor at CCBC.
“You can’t say racial things like that and then think that kids should follow or look up to you,” said Cathy Williamson.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga represents the district.
“There isn’t anonymity. When you are sitting behind your computer posting things, people will see it. And there is no excuse for that kind of racism,” she said.
The controversy even drawing the eye of Orioles player Adam Jones, who tweeted out: “This is not OK. This could be my son and I.”
Officials at both county schools and CCBC are now investigating the teacher’s alleged comments.
CCBC’s president saying in part: “Our college has zero tolerance for racist and violent comments or behavior of any kind.”
Baltimore County school officials tell WJZ this is a personnel issue that is being reviewed by their human resource department.
The Bowleys Quarters Social Club blog has about 1,100 members.