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Govt agency says staffer fired after profane Trump tweet

South Carolina’s public health agency said Friday that an employee was fired after posting a profanity-laced message critical of President Donald Trump in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting that left 17 dead.

A tweet posted Wednesday by the Department of Health and Environmental Control official account called Trump a “tool”, as amended by an expletive, and had #ParklandStudentsSpeak confirmed. Since last week’s deadly shooting, students at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Florida, have spoken out in favor of gun control.

Agency spokesman Tommy Crosby told The Associated Press on Friday that the worker had intended to post the message of a personal Twitter account and sent the use of agency equipment, a violation of internal policy.

But Crosby refused to confirm or chief spokesman Tim Kelly was still in the service of the agency, says the agency “does not discuss personnel matters.” He has, however, upon request, an updated list of the communication of the staff that does not include Kelly’s name.

Earlier, Kelly told The newspaper that he did not believe that a temporary worker was responsible for the message.

Twitter-records of the previous 40 logins and IP addresses of a user account, which is accessible easily in the settings of the account menu. Asked Thursday by the AP, if the agency had checked that logins to see if there had been unauthorized use at the time of the tweet is sent, Kelly refused to answer questions or elaborate further on what happened.

After an open-records request from the AP for the account login history, as well as a list of employees with access to the account, and a copy of the agency social media policy – Crosby took media and communication.

Since that time there have been messages to Kelly gone unanswered.

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