An Alabama sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after making anti-LGBTQ comments on a Facebook post about a 15-year-old who died by suicide.
Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves reportedly wrote the comments on a post shared by a Huntsville TV station to raise awareness about bullying of LGBTQ people. The post on the WZDX Facebook page linked to a story that featured 15-year-old Huntsville student Nigel Shelby, who killed himself last week.
Graves’ comments have since been removed from the post,. AL.com reports. But it reportedly read:
That’s my kind of LGBTQ movement
I’m seriously offended there is such a thing such as the movement. Society cannot and should not accept this behavior," Graves reportedly posted.
The Sheriff’s Office holds all its employees to high standard, and the public can be assured that a thorough and complete audit will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken,” said Madison County Lt. Donny Shaw, a sheriff’s office spokesman, in a statement. “The involved employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the audit.”