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Librarian out over alleged racist posts

A Co-Lin employee who allegedly made racist remarks on social media last month is no longer with the college.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College has confirmed former Wesson campus library clerk Dana Ladner is no longer employed at the school as of Nov. 2. It is unclear if Ladner resigned or was terminated. College president Jane Hulon declined to comment on the matter, citing advice from the school’s attorney.

On Oct. 6, a Facebook user named Dana Ladner-Wallace made a pair of racist comments in a discussion about the Forest Hill High School marching band’s performance in Brookhaven the previous night. The band’s halftime show, supposedly based on the movie “John Q,” depicted students pointing prop guns at other students dressed as police. It was performed a week after the deaths of two Brookhaven police officers who were murdered in the line of duty and caused outrage in Brookhaven and statewide.

Co-Lin released a statement on social media later that morning that said “the opinions expressed in recent social media posts by an employee do not reflect the views of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.” Approximately 45 percent of Co-Lin’s more than 3,000 students are black.

The school released another online statement on Oct. 10 saying an “active investigation” into the employee and alleged comments was underway. The college’s board of trustees held a short executive session for a personnel matter on Nov. 1 after which no vote was announced.

Ladner’s leaving Co-Lin may be the second instance this month in which an employee was disciplined for off-duty racism. On Nov. 8, a Memphis hospital fired a Mississippi employee after pictures of him voting in a racist-themed T-shirt circulated on social media.

As a result of the Forest Hill band incident, the school’s band director was fired and the Mississippi High School Activities Association banned the program from competing for one year.

Local faith leaders joined with the City of Brookhaven in passing a resolution calling on MHSAA to lift the ban and hold Forest Hill students blameless, but MHSAA has, so far, left the ban in place. Former band director Demetri Jones is appealing his termination this week.