Blount Memorial reports fired RN to state board over racist Facebook messages
Blount Memorial Hospital released a statement saying a registered nurse who was terminated over a racist Facebook message has been reported to the Tennessee state board.
A hospital spokesperson released a statement on the incident:
WVLT News asked a spokesperson with the hospital if the employee is Rachel Bowers.
"Based on our policy, we typically would be unable to confirm employee-related questions. However, in this unique situation, we are able to confirm this individual was suspended without pay earlier today," Jennie Bounds said.
Several viewers shared screen shots of what they claim are racist posts made by the woman on Facebook.
Community activist Denzel Grant, among others, made several complaints to the hospital in relation to the post.
"It’s a huge step forward to what we’re needing not only needed in Knoxville, but across the country - and that’s accountability. Holding people accountable who practice racism. Those who use racial slurs to belittle minorities in our country," Grant told WVLT News.