“No faggot activity will be permitted on this bus. In my Bible it states that ‘faggots will burn in Hell,’ and I will not condone it,” said an off-duty West Virginia police over, who allegedly made the statement while working part-time as a school bus driver.
According to the Nicholas County Democratic Organization, which made a statement via Facebook, the incident occurred after an openly gay student boarded the bus and sat down next to a fellow student. According to the statement, the deputy, Robert Belt, was dressed in his police uniform at the time of the incident.
The alleged comments, which took place on September 5, were reported by a concerned parent to the school’s administration. After learning of the incident, Clay County School Superintendent Joe Paxton gave the following statement to WSAZ.
“In response to the media’s request for a statement, please know that administration is prohibited from going into detail regarding these preliminary allegations. I can state that administration is investigating the allegations, and will do so thoroughly, all while complying with applicable laws and policies that govern the process. Administration always takes allegations of this nature serious, and in doing so, administration takes the investigation serious versus rushing to prejudgment.
“Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, please know that all of our employees are expected to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all of our students. As the Employee Code of Conduct mandates, the school system expects all of our employees to exhibit professional behavior by showing positive examples of communication, fairness, and language. Also, as required in the Code of Conduct, the school system expects all of our employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment, free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and free from bias and discrimination.”
As reported by Raw Story, this isn’t the first time Deputy Belt has been accused of aggressive behavior.
A Clay County man accused Belt of engaging in a harassment campaign after he asked the deputy to remove his boots when he came to pick up some items belonging to a mutual relative.
“‘F*ck you and your white carpet,’” Belt told the man, according to the federal civil rights suit.
The suit claims Belt then beat the man with a flashlight, and he says the deputy unlawfully stopped him multiple times and physically assaulted him over a period of months.
It’s not clear how that 2009 suit was eventually resolved.
There is no word yet whether a criminal or internal police investigation has been launched, but according to the Nicholas County Democratic Organization, Belt continues to work as both a police officer and school bus driver following the shocking allegations.