An assistant principal in South Carolina has been accused of cyberbullying after he posted a photo of a 6-year-old girl on Facebook with the words "Honey Boo Boo at Walmart."
Hundreds have signed a petition asking for Charles Fowler's termination after he snapped a photo of the little girl with her face in full view at a Seneca Wal-Mart. He then shared it online as a joke and compared the child to Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, the precocious, cherubic tyke from the TLC television series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
"I was very shocked to see it's my cousin," family member Briana Smith told the region's Fox News affiliate. "He wants to put a kid that's 6 years old with health problems out there about her weight and make fun of her? And that's not right."
The girl's great-grandmother, Elaine Thompson, said the child stayed home from school on Monday because of the post.
"[Mr. Fowler] just picked her out in Wal-Mart and then wants to ridicule her and call her Honey Boo Boo just because she's overweight. She's got health problems. I take her to the doctor for that. He has devastated my family. He has embarrassed us," Miss Thompson told a local news station.
"[My great-granddaughter] was up until after midnight and she was saying, 'Nanny, people are calling me Honey Boo-Boo.' She said, 'Nanny, I've got to lose some weight,' and she said, 'I don't want people to see me like this,'" Miss Thompson said.
Mr. Fowler, who works at Walhalla High School, had been placed on paid administrative leave Monday, and the girl’s family had a meeting Tuesday with Oconee County School District officials.
On Tuesday, Mr. Fowler reportedly resigned.
"We are aware and we are investigating," Oconee School Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas said in a statement to the station. "We do have board policies that pertain to this situation and, as we investigate, we'll apply these policies to the situation as best we can. We're certainly sorry this has become an issue. We shouldn't be dealing with something like this."
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