Librarian gets heat on social media post

2nd Prosser school worker comments on immigrants


Ray Tolcacher

— A second School District employee is under fire this week for comments on illegal aliens and the protest supporting them last Thursday.

Prosser Heights Elementary School librarian Peggy Brown is drawing fire for her Facebook posts in support of reporting illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Her comments mirror those on Facebook last week by an elementary school teacher in the district.

Both comments were in response to the so-called “Day Without Immigrants” protest last Thursday.

The protest shuttered nearly 60 businesses from Prosser to Granger. The businesses primarily cater to the Hispanic community.

“So we are encouraged to report child abuse, tax evasion, sexual abuse, human trafficking, mental disorders... just not illegal entry into the US?,” Brown posted Saturday. “Really??”

She also posted a comment about last Thursday’s protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies calling for stepped up deportations of illegal aliens and for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to slow crossings.

“Lots of grade school kids stayed home today for the immigrants protest. I loved it,” she wrote. “Sure alleviated the overcrowding at school. No out of control kids, like it should be.

“I hope they can do it again soon.”

In response, Jane Soto posted, “Poor Peggy, come tomorrow afternoon you are going to be suspended just like your fellow co-worker.”

That was a reference to Keene-Riverview Elementary School teacher Cheriese Rhode, who was placed on paid administrative leave Friday following her Facebook posts related to the protest.

“This is a great idea, narrows the search down,” Rhode posted, along with providing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement phone number, 866-347-2423, to report anyone in the country illegally. “If this offended you in anyway do me a favor and unfriend ...”

Her comment was posted at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, and went viral.

Superintendent Ray Tolcacher said Rhode did not violate the district’s Facebook policy.

She was placed on leave due to safety and security concerns for her and the school, he said.

He did not say whether that would be the case for Brown.

“I don’t know at this time,” he said last night.

There was no school yesterday due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Tolcacher said Rhode’s status will be reviewed further when school resumes today.

Meanwhile, yesterday across the nation, protests continued against President Trump’s stepped up deportation and other policies.

Yesterday’s protest was dubbed “Not My Presidents Day.”

In Portland, authorities arrested 13 people, including 6 juveniles, after clashes with police as they blocked the roadway on Southwest 3rd Avenue at Madison Street, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal munitions during clashes with protesters.

An organized protest did not take place in Seattle.


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