A 22-year-old Virginia woman is claiming she was fired from her job as a social worker for the city of Roanoke because she has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the city says that isn’t true.
Storm Durham posted her claim on social media Friday night and her posts quickly went viral. They were shared by influential right wing sites, along with conservatives with large followings, like Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent, and gun rights supporters and groups.
I was fired today. From Roanoke City Social Services, serving as a damn good social worker. I was fired for having a concealed carry permit. Not the gun, the permit. I was escorted by 3 city police officers bc I am a “safety risk to the building”
— Storm Durham (@chelstorrm) March 10, 2018
The city of Roanoke emailed a statement to Heavy in response to the social media posts, but are unable to get into specifics about Durham because it is a personnel matter.
“A former employee of the City of Roanoke recently posted via social media assertions regarding the basis of her dismissal from City employment. Her posting has also been reported in other media,” statement said. “The City does not publically comment on specific personnel matters. In light of these assertions, however, it is important to note that the City of Roanoke respects the Constitutional rights of its citizens and that the dismissal in question was not based upon anyone’s exercise of such rights.”
Here’s what you need to know about Storm Durham:
1. Durham Admits the City’s Termination Document Claims She Was Fired for Performance Issues, for Arrogance, Attendance Problems & for Not Being Properly Dressed, Along With ‘Workplace Safety’ Reasons
Storm Durham began working for the city of Roanoke as a child protective services investigator, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was still in her one-year probationary period at the Roanoke Department of Social Services when she was fired on Friday, March 9.
On social media, Durham claimed she was fired for having a CCW, but she did not provide any other details of her termination. But she admitted to The Roanoke Times the city listed several reasons for her firing on the termination document. The document stated there were performance issues during her first six months working for the city, that she was arrogant, did not pay attention during training, had attendance issues and was not properly dressed. Durham told the newspaper all of those claims were unfounded and said the document listed a concern about “workplace safety,” at the top.
Durham told the newspaper that she had “a few bumps in the road” during her time in the social services office. She said her trainer taught her a procedure that she followed, but she was reprimanded for following it by her supervisor. When she alerted the trainer, Durham said she received a “nasty email” calling her “sloppy and unprofessional.” She said her supervisor and the trainer “threw her …read more