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Activist Greta Thunberg speaks in the course of the strike for a “City-Robe Local weather Accord” hosted by the Iowa Metropolis Local weather Strikers, Oct. four, 2019.
Joseph Cress, Iowa Metropolis Press-Citizen

DES MOINES, Iowa – The trainer who referenced a sniper rifle in a Fb remark about teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg’s go to final week to Iowa Metropolis has resigned.

Matt Baish, a science trainer at Waterloo West Excessive Faculty, had been positioned on administrative go away after posting “Dont have my sniper rifle” Oct. three on an article about Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish lady who has spoken out about local weather change.

“The Waterloo Colleges worker placed on administrative go away resulting from a social media publish has resigned efficient instantly,” mentioned an emailed assertion from a Waterloo Group Faculty District spokeswoman.

Baish’s remark, along with his personal Fb web page, seems to have been deleted. However a screenshot of his remark was posted on the Waterloo Group Faculty District Fb web page.

He labored for the district for 26 years.

Greta Thunberg go to: Iowa trainer on go away after ‘sniper rifle’ remark

The lecturers and college students at West Excessive on Oct. four obtained a message about Baish, saying that he was placed on go away, in accordance with a earlier district assertion supplied to the Register.

“We’re conscious of a social media state of affairs involving one in all our staff,” that assertion mentioned. “The character of the content material shared rose to the extent of placing this worker on administrative go away pending an investigation. We admire your persistence as we kind via the main points and thanks for respecting the method.”

Waterloo police Lt. Kye Richter mentioned final week that legislation enforcement can be investigating the incident. Waterloo police Capt. Joe Leibold mentioned Friday he couldn’t say if that investigation remains to be ongoing, and that the division would solely publicly tackle the incident if an arrest is made.

Thunberg joined greater than three,000 activists at a local weather strike Oct. four in Iowa Metropolis. Strikers demanded the College of Iowa and town comply with a “City-Robe Local weather Accord,” which requires each entities to realize 100% renewable vitality by 2030 and asks the college to stop burning coal at its energy plant.

“We youngsters and youngsters should not should take the accountability however proper now the world leaders maintain appearing like youngsters and somebody must be the grownup within the room,” Thunberg mentioned in Iowa Metropolis. “The world is waking up. We’re the change and alter is coming whether or not they prefer it or not.”

Contributing: Robin Opsahl. Comply with Tyler Davis on Twitter: @TDavisDMR.

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