PRCC releases statement on former employee's social media comments
A band director who was an employee at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville is no longer employed there following an uproar over comments he posted on his Facebook page suggesting violence against protesters in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Adam Breerwood, President of Pearl River Community College, said in a press release that he condemned comments made by Reuben McDowell, assistant band director, who joined the staff at PRCC in 2015. According to the press release, McDowell is no longer an employee of PRCC. The college confirmed that McDowell has resigned from his position at PRCC.
“I am saddened today,” Breerwood said in his statement. “I am distraught and disappointed. I have received hundreds of messages regarding recent comments that were made by a PRCC instructor who is no longer employed at the college. These comments do not reflect the values of this institution. PRCC does not tolerate the promotion of violence, hate or racism.”
McDowell’s commented on Facebook about a Fox News story about businesses burning in San Diego during Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
One of McDowell’s post stated, “Start shootin a few and the rest will scatter.”
Breerwood’s statement read “On behalf of Pearl River Community College, please accept my sincere apology for the comments made by this former Pearl River Community College employee.”
Breerwood also said in the press release “These comments do not reflect the values of this institution. PRCC does not tolerate the promotion of violence, hate, or racism.”
Breerwood's entire statement is inserted below.