Dismiss Deputy Robert Belt from Clay County Schools and the Clay County Sheriff's Dept.

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Special thanks to the Nicholas County Democratic Organization for compiling the italicized information.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, an openly gay student from Clay County High School in Clay, West Virginia, boarded the school bus of part-time driver, Robert Belt, and sat down beside another student. Allegedly, Robert Belt, also a full-time Clay County Sheriff Deputy, dressed in full uniform, announced over the bus PA system, "No faggot activity will be permitted on this bus. In my Bible, it states that 'faggots will burn in Hell,' and I will not condone it."

On Friday, September 8th, 2017, a Clay County high school parent learned of the incident and voiced her concerns to the Clay County High School Vice Principal, Alan Tanner. Initially, Vice Principal Tanner stated, "I don't know what you are talking about," however, when pressed Principal Tanner said that he had reported the incident to the Clay County Director of Transportation, Jared Fitzwater.

The concerned parent discovered from the victim Leslie Osborne, Clay County school counselor, had taken three statements from students present on the bus.

Deputy Belt continues to drive for the Clay County public school system and continues to perform his official duties as Clay County Sheriff Deputy.

Deputy Belt's displayed behavior is inexcusable and disgusting, and poorly represents the people of Clay County, the people of West Virginia, and the people of the Christian faith. As a public servant sworn to protect and serve all citizens within his jurisdiction, it is unnerving and unacceptable that he would utilize his position of authority of impose his homophobic and bigoted values on other citizens, especially children.

Given Robert Belt's apparent inability to separate his personal prejudices from his public life, we, the signatories, call for the full and immediate termination of his employment with Clay County Schools and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.



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