MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) – A grieving Madison County father claims a teacher made a disparaging post on his business Facebook page about the death of his teenage son.
In the alleged post, the teacher writes: “Everybody grieves differently I guess. We are more traditional and less white trash.”
Anderson school district leaders say she posted on the wrong page by mistake and was quickly deleted.
“I don’t understand how you accidentally write a whole sentence. I forgive her,” said Crusmire. “I’m not completely forgiving her right now but I’m going to start the process. And it’s probably going to be one of the hardest things I ever did in my life, but I know that I would ask my son to do the same and he would do it.”
Crusmire’s 15-year-old son, also named Levi, died in an ATV crash more than a week ago.
He says the teacher who made the post works at Eastside Elementary. That’s why he’s so disturbed.
“Only post something that you are proud of and willing to stand behind no matter the blowback on it,” said said Lisa Mitchell, a communications expert and founder of Power Body Language. “I think people think, ‘Oh nobody’s going to see it, or I’m in a vacuum,’ like it’s all outbound and are really surprised when people actually screenshot it and send it.”
Mitchell says social media can have positive and negative effects.
“It’s also dangerous because there is a level of ownership and accountability that you have to have because you are the owner of that communication,” said Mitchell.
School leaders tell Eyewitness News they cannot discuss the specifics of how they are handling the situation because it’s a personnel matter.
“For that lady we pray for her and we hope she’s ok but right now we’re going to talk about little Levi and Levi’s Way,” said Crusmire. “It’s going to be a non-profit we want to start for him to try to put seatbelts on all Madison County school buses, to give shoes away to kids. We’re going to try to give scholarships.”
Anything he can do, to help keep the memory of his son alive.