An airline suspended a pilot after discovering that the employee made a comment deemed derogatory about an Oklahoma boy who used the girls’ bathroom.
“Frontier Airlines prides itself on setting an example as a respectful workplace and we do not condone discrimination,” the airline said in a statement announcing the pilot’s suspension, KOKH Fox 25 reported Monday.
Frontier Airlines suspended the pilot on Aug. 13 after learning about comments the pilot had made online. The airline did not disclose the content of the comments.
“We have long-established standards of conduct, to which all employees must agree to adhere, that among other things require people to act in a professional manner and to treat each other with genuine respect and kindness,” the statement continued.
The suspension concerns the pilot’s alleged remarks about an incident wherein a biologically male transgender student used the girls’ restroom on the first day of class at an Oklahoma school.
“The transgender is already using the girls bathroom,” Jamie Crenshaw, a parent in the district, posted in Achille ISD Parents Group on Facebook. “We have been told how the school has gone above and beyond to make sure he has his own restroom yet he is still using the girls.” (RELATED: Oklahoma School District Cancels Classes After Slew Of Facebook Messages Threatening Transgender Student)
A number of parents from other areas in Oklahoma and Texas also posted a number of comments making threats against the student and calling him a “thing” and a “half baked maggot.”
Following the posts, transgender and LGBTQ activists wrote to the district’s superintendent and began organizing protests after which the school district canceled classes on Aug. 13 and 14 at the advice of law enforcement officials who feared the expected protests could get out of hand.
The pilot’s suspension will continue pending an investigation.