A Houston-area school district board member, who came under fire for comments about Black teachers and dropout rates, has been fired from his job with a software company.
According to KHOU, Scott Henry, a now-former sales engineer at a software company called Splunk, is no longer employed by the business.
"We viewed the employee's conduct as inconsistent with who we are as Splunkers and the individual is no longer employed by our company," the company wrote in a tweet.
Henry also reportedly deleted his social media accounts and website after claiming he and his family were getting death threats.
On Thursday night (January 13), Henry defended his comments during a Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District board meeting that his comments were being twisted for political reasons, but admitted he could have “spoken more eloquently.”
"The statewide average for black teachers is 10 percent," Henry said during a work session earlier this week, according to KHOU. "HISD, which we’ll use as a shining example, you know what their average number or percentage of Black teachers is? 36 percent, I looked it up. You know what their dropout rate is? 4 percent. I don’t want to be at 4 percent, I don’t want to be HISD.”
Prior to the board meeting, community leaders and the NAACP doubled down on their call for Henry’s resignation at a news conference.
"What we saw the other night was the racism said out loud," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. "And if we allow this kind of thing in a public forum by a public official that represents a school district, what are we allowing?"
Cypress-Fairbanks trustees can't remove Henry since he was elected.