Petal baseball assistant coach terminated over social media posts

Petal baseball assistant coach terminated over social media posts

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Social media posts led to the dismissal of the assistant Petal Panther baseball coach.

Jeff Farris, who had been an assistant coach for the Panthers for three years, was released from his position late last week, according to district officials.

"We had a situation in which there was a recommendation made to me based on the information that we had in hand through an investigation and we had to adhere to that policy that we have in place," said Petal School District Superintendent Matt Dillon. "We have a policy in place and we adhere to that policy for all of our employees no matter what role they serve in our district."

According to district officials the social media posts and issue revolved around Petal baseball, but no other information was available.

"All communications, email, social media, etc., are expected to be professional and appropriate based upon expectations of the Petal School District," said Petal Athletic Director Marcus Boyles.

"All of our employees are held to a high standard with anything that they do in regards to communication and putting information out," said Dillon.

Statement from Farris
I can tell you that I am totally embarrassed that this made the news!  I apologize to my former players and the Petal School District but I must respond instead of it looking like Im the total victim here! This all started 3 years ago when i sat a couple of players on the bench in Long Beach for being 17 minutes late!