An Ohio man lost his job as a teacher after he criticized a dairy farm on his personal Facebook page.
Keith Allison, 40, who is a vegan, took photos of a local dairy farm in Smithville that allegedly uses crates to house baby cows who are separated from their mothers at birth, MyFox8.com reports.
“As someone who grew up feeling parental love and support, and now as a parent who gives love and support, I reject the claim that separating babies from loving mothers to raise them isolated in boxes can ever be considered humane,” he wrote on the post.
(via Fox 8)
After that post, Allison says his one-year contract with the school district was not renewed.
“During the meeting with my superintendent, I was informed we live in a large agricultural area, which is true, and that a lot of our money for the schools comes through residents of the community and that I needed to be very careful of what I put on [Facebook] because I might offend the community and the economic interests of the community,” he told Fox 8.
“The fact that their family’s farm was in the picture, I guess, is where their complaint was coming from and from what I was told, they were fearful, afraid that someone might come and break their calf crates or free their cows and their children were not safe to be out in their yards,” Allison said.
The American Civil Liberties Union argues that Allison’s Facebook post is protected by free speech and that he should be allowed to teach again.
A Change.org petition has been created to help him get his job back, asking members of the board of education, “Please reinstate Keith Allison to his former position as a Title I tutor with the Green Local Schools.”