A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired after he made an insensitive post in regards to George Floyd’s fatal arrest by a Minneapolis police officer.
Dave Hollenbeck, a first-year coach at Bethel High School in Spanaway uploaded a photo to Facebook of himself on the floor, smiling, with a knee to the back of his neck, similar to images of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, who died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white officer, Derek Chauvin, who had his knee on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes.
Hollenbeck, 44, wrote in the post: “Not dead yet I’m doing this for … police officers the media is a race baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak out every time if you don’t like that I’m sorry but I love All people.. Wake up America.”
School officials immediately responded announcing that Hollenbeck has been fired.
Douglas Boyles, a spokesman for the school district, said in a statement Thursday “His behavior was not consistent with our equity initiatives and nondiscrimination policies,” the statement said.