A high-school principal in Connecticut has left his job following a report that he had “liked” an explicit sexual video on Twitter.
Terri Goldson, who led a high school in Ansonia, a town of about 20,000 outside of New Haven, had worked in the small district for more than 30 years, the New Haven Register reported. The Ansonia Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday for a “retirement” agreement between the district and Goldson, the Register reported.
Goldson was placed on leave in December after a news report alleged that he had liked a 28-second video with pornographic content on his personal Twitter account.
“There was a very inappropriate video with sexual content on my Twitter feed today,” he posted on Facebook after the incident. “Please . . . be careful with social media.”
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His Twitter account is currently set to private, meaning it cannot be viewed by the public. It is not clear how the video came to be “liked” on Goldson’s account, local reports said.
Many in the community had rallied to support Goldson, who was in his second year on the job at Ansonia High School. Some 60 town residents and work colleagues of Goldson’s showed their support at a school board meeting last month, and more than 100 people had posted supportive notes on his Facebook page, the Register reported.
During a Board of Education meeting in January, Goldson’s supporters spoke about his importance to the community.
“He’s a hero in our eyes, with many students here in Ansonia, and past students who he’s touched through not only academics but sports and being a mentor,” Valley NAACP President Greg Johnson said, according to Fox affiliate WTIC.
Sherrod McNeill, principal at Stratford’s Franklin Elementary School, said Goldson was “responsible for my entire career.”
The board had said it would investigate the allegations, the Register reported. Then, district officials announced that Goldson had reached an agreement to leave his job.
“He is retired as of now,” school board president Bill Nimons told the Register on Thursday. “There is no investigation going on because he retired.”