Anti-police social media post puts Harrisburg teacher in hot water

A social media post by a Harrisburg High School teacher denigrating police has gone viral and caused community members to call for her resignation.

Posted: Jun 19, 2020 4:47 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2020 5:20 PM

HARRISBURG, Ore.--A social media post by a Harrisburg High School teacher denigrating police has gone viral and caused community members to call for her resignation.

The post appeared on the Snapchat story of high school teacher Misty Bisby. A photo depicts Bisby taking a selfie at a restaurant with a uniformed Linn County Deputy in the background. The photo is captioned with a vulgar anti-police comment and a Black Lives Matter Snapchat filter with an illustration of an extended middle finger is superimposed.

Bisby's Snapchat story was copied and posted on Facebook, where thousands of users commented and shared it. 

Former Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller shared the post and told KEZI 9 News about his frustration seeing it.

"From the highest-paid celebrities, or person holding public office right on down to the average Joe neighbor, we all need to just stop; just be accountable and try to show a whole lot more understanding for one another," said Mueller.

He said officers should not be denigrated just for being in the community.

"Just because they're wearing a uniform of the Linn County Sheriff. Whether it's a Linn County Deputy Sheriff, Junction City Police Officer, Albany Police Officer, Eugene Police Officer, or Lane County Deputy Sheriff, it makes no difference. Being painted with that brush. It's just not right," Mueller said.

Various other Harrisburg community members also voiced their displeasure with the post. 

KEZI 9 News left a message with the Harrisburg School District about if any disciplinary action toward Bisby is possible.

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