Cordova HS principal on paid administrative leave due to social media comments

CORDOVA, TENN. — A Shelby County Schools principal is under fire after remarks he made about social media days after social accounts for President Donald Trump were suspended.

This week Cordova High School Principal Barton Thorne sent an audio message to students sharing his thoughts and opinion on the matter. The district said they’re taking action to address the issue and prevent it from happening again.

“We have to be aware and at a heightened sense. We have to be culturally aware and also have our students have an outlet so they can express themselves and feel value,” said SCS Office of Equity’s Michael Lowe.

The message has drawn criticism from many parents who didn’t want to share their thoughts on camera. Shelby County Schools says they’re reviewing Thorne’s comments. The district said he’s on paid administrative leave as they work through the details.

“This is not about fixing kids. we’re about staying with the adults and making sure our practices, beliefs and efforts to educate them are there, and it’s not about trying to solve the children,” said Lowe.

In the recording, Thorne said he has a Twitter account he hasn’t used in years. We found an account with his name and photo that includes posts that was deemed controversial by the public.

Lowe said the district continues to work toward resources to let children freely express with equity in today’s social climate.