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Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director in trouble after Tweet


  Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler is to be reprimanded by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin after a comment was released on Twitter that some say is racist.  

Huffstetler tweeted a picture of Memphis protestors that were on the I-40 bridge Sunday night.  The picture showed protestors taking selfies.   Huffstetler commented "And no wonder why they are profiled. #idiots".   He has since issued a written apology which was released by the City of Jonesboro.Here is the statement from Huffstetler and Mayor Harold Perrin:


Huffstetler statement


Statement from Parks and Rec director Wixson Huffstetler:


“I made a serious mistake using social media, and I apologize to each and every resident of Jonesboro. In a moment of frustration over the fact that a child could not get to medical attention because of a protest roadblock, I vented inappropriately and in a way that does not reflect my heart. In doing so, I hurt people I love, and offended many who don’t know me well and might not be willing to give me the benefit of the doubt.   “I apologize also to my staff in the Parks and Recreation department and to Mayor Harold Perrin.”



Statement from Mayor Harold Perrin:


“I am disappointed in the decision to post this comment on social media. It contradicts the opinions and attitudes of the city of Jonesboro, and I will not abide any action, intended or unintended, that insults or damages our citizens. Appropriate action will be taken.”