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Missouri principal placed on leave after tweeting gun photo to Parkland survivor David Hogg

An elementary school principal in Missouri was placed on leave after he tweeted a picture of a man holding a gun in response to a post from Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor and activist David Hogg.

The Platte County School District placed Compass Elementary School principal Chad Searcey on leave Thursday after learning about the posts the day before. Searcey reportedly made the posts Tuesday, according to The Kansas City Star.

{mosads}Screenshots of the post reported by the news outlet show Searcey responding to a post in which Hogg called for federal funding to research gun control with pictures of a man with his face covered holding a rifle and two children shooting handguns.

Hogg responded Searcey’s post, which has since been deleted.

“Cool guns, you know what’s more cool? Mom’s and dads getting to see their kids graduate high school alive. Kids not having to step over bloodstained sidewalks on their way to school. Parents not coming home to find their child with a self inflicted gun shot wound,” Hogg wrote in response.

Platte County School District spokeswoman Laura Hulett confirmed to the Star that Searcey was placed on leave Thursday but did not provide further details.

“We understand why the public response has been strong with regard to student safety in our nation’s schools,” a release from the school announcing Searcey’s leave read. “We intend to address the situation immediately and in a manner consistent with our Board of Education policies, as well as our goal of ensuring a safe and caring environment for our students, staff, and community.”

Hogg has been a vocal gun control activist since 17 of his former classmates and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland were killed during a mass shooting in February 2018.

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