published Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Nashville paramedic suspended after anti-gay Facebook post

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    Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department veteran Friday after he made anti-gay comments on a social media site.
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Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department veteran Friday after he made anti-gay comments on a social media site.

Fire Chief Steve Halford made the decision after a departmental hearing last week for paramedic Kevin Kennedy.

The department was notified on Aug. 3 that Kennedy stated on his Facebook page and on a Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services page that two EMS workers were “queers” and that they should “crawl back into the closet,” said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, spokeswoman for the department.

Kennedy was suspended without pay for two months and will be required to show proof of his participation in an anger management program and diversity training before he returns to work, Lawson said. He has no prior disciplinary record.

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Justreading said...

What happened to freedom of speech? He has the right to express himself as much as anyone else.

September 20, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
candicane23 said...

I agree but showing hatred for someone just because of their sexual preference is uncalled for.

September 20, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
Livn4life said...

There are certain groups in this so called open, tolerant society for whom it is okay to spew vitrol, hatred and negativity towards. I don't know why this is so but it is. There are also certain elements of society which it seems okay for them to spew the hatred everyone else is suppose to avoid. The pretense that all are treated equally is a farce and media portrayals just prove my point over and over again. It is never appropriate to hate on gays or anyone with whom one may disagree. As things continue on we have to wonder how ridiculous will the sensitivity thing get. If someone just looks "hateful" will there be a hate crime investigation? Crimes of violence against others for any reason do not need new laws just the enforcement of laws on the books. But the sensitivity police want to go harder on some. It is a sad state of our society. I certainly do not want gays mistreated nor disrespected but if someone is just kidding, not spewing hate, we need to learn to get over it. As the first poster expressed, where is the free speech? Unless it is clearly over the edge and this statement didn't look to be, move on! But then as I said at first, that only applies to folk like Christians and a few other groups who at times seem to be targeted.

September 20, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Susie said...

He forfeited his right to free speech when he posted it on the Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services page. When you post on a company website, you are speaking, not only for yourself but you are speaking for the entire company. He should have kept his opinions on his own FB page. And if he was in an authority position with the EMS, he shouldn't have even put them there if any employees could see it. By doing that, he created a hostile work environment.

September 20, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

All the freedom in the world can't cure stupidity.

September 20, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Self hatred is an ugly thing. If this paramedic had any self esteem he would not be so vocal about his disgust for his fellow firemen. Maybe he sees something in them that he hates about himself. Perhaps he envies those that are out of the closet because he is feeling a bit cramped in his own armoire.

September 20, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.
bret said...

He still has the right to free speech. And his employers have the right to fire or suspend him.

September 20, 2011 at 7:49 p.m.

why it seams her thet the man man shud not hat ennywon butt i see meny hoomoseshualls foks say badd badd thins abut heeterows too. whuts no fare is its ok fur won butt nott fur tha otter.

mebbe the hoomoseshualls wer tryin reel hard to bee nastti an stoopid ta the man man. Mans don likey this i know, theys gets reeel madd. reeel!

oh an why deed the hoomos cum frum da clawset? ifn them wer inna clawset them wer saifer no? yesss nise n darkkk-is gud!

September 21, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.
rolando said...

Moral of the story: It's OK to think whatever you want [so far, anyway], but keep you mouth shut and toe the line of political correctness if you want to keep your job. Keep to yourself and let the amoral animals run free.

Sometimes I almost understand [but never condone, oh my no. NEVER, EVER! I am just 'sposin!] why someone, out of pure frustration, would paint himself blue, put on a pair of spit-shined boots, find a high place and start shooting.

Suddenly and somehow, "hating" has become a crime in this country.

Only white men are ever prosecuted for a "hate-crime", of course, and then only when the person with hurt feelings is a minority member of some kind.

Definition of "hate": Saying anything against me. So be durn careful what you say about me on here and hurt my feelings and all...don't want to accuse you of a hate-crime now, do I? Nosireebob.

God save us from the coming invasion...and from people with fragile, anti-survival, feelings.

September 21, 2011 at 6:39 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Or, rolando, you could always flail on them "amoral animals" with the Bible. You must have some God given source for your moral superiority. Better gird those loins, Boy, while you are scouting out the perfect sniper's nest.

September 21, 2011 at 8:24 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

He called a spade a spade; in the New World Order America, you can't do that anymore.

September 21, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
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