Deputy Mocks The Death Of 15-Year-Old Nigel Shelby With Homophobic And Pro-Trump Comments

A Sheriff's car is seen on March 20, 2018 at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland after a shooting at the school.
A shooting took place at a high school in the eastern US state of Maryland on Tuesday, officials said, reportedly leaving several people injured just days before a nationwide student-organized march against school violence. Three people were shot in the incident at Great Mills High School, located about a 90-minute drive southeast of the US capital Washington, according to a county official quoted by The Baltimore Sun.Three people, including the assailant, were in critical condition after a shooting at a high school in the eastern US state of Maryland on Tuesday, officials said.
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Deputy Mocks The Death Of 15-Year-Old Nigel Shelby With Homophobic And Pro-Trump Comments

The officer has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Published 4 weeks ago

The tragedy of 15-year-old’s Nigel Shelby untimely passing has already been a lot for his community to handle, but it has become even more unfortunate when people who are supposed to represent the community use his sexuality to disrespect him.

That’s what happened recently with an Alabama sheriff’s deputy. Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves shared his bigoted thoughts about the Huntsville high school student. On a WZDX Facebook post about Shelby’s passing, Graves commented:

"Liberty
Guns
Bible
Trump
BBQ
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. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention by by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

The comment has since been deleted.

Nigel Shelby took his own life last week as a result of bullying because he was a member of the LGBTQ community. The Sheriff’s Office has responded to the post in a statement. They’ve also suspended Graves pending an investigation.

“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,” Madison County Lt. Donny Shaw, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said in a statement. “The involved employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the audit.”

In the statement, Sheriff Kevin Turner said he “offers his condolences to the family and friends of Nigel Shelby whose young life was lost to suicide last week.

“Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop,” he continued.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Nigel’s mother with funeral expenses.

Written by BET Staff

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