Update: Ex-employee responsible for controversial tweets on St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office account

Problem has been reported to Twitter

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office says a former employee posted anti-LGBTQ comments on the department's official Twitter account. Sheriff Mat King says after investigating the Tweets, it was determined the former employee still had access and mistakenly posted on the department's page. The sheriff says that the Twitter account will now be deleted and that all updates will come from the department's Facebook page.

PORT HURON, Mich. – The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says a former employee posted anti-LGBTQ comments on the department’s official Twitter account.

Sheriff Mat King says after investigating the tweets, it was determined the former employee still had access and mistakenly posted on the department’s page. The sheriff says that the Twitter account will now be deleted and that all updates will come from the department’s Facebook page.

The previous story can be found below.


Someone has hijacked the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office official Twitter account and decided to Tweet anti-LGBTQ content to an actress. May was the last official Tweet from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department official account. On Tuesday (Nov. 15), someone who had taken over the account responded to a tweet from actress Hilarie Burton-Morgan that she made three years ago.

Someone has hijacked the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office official Twitter account and decided to tweet anti-LGBTQ content to an actress.

May was the last official tweet from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department official account. On Tuesday (Nov. 15), someone who had taken over the account responded to a tweet from actress Hilarie Burton-Morgan that she made three years ago.

In it, the actress laments she was let go from the Hallmark Channel because she insisted on an LGBTQ character and more diverse casting. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Twitter account then started on an anti-gay rant.

“Glad they said go ahead and leave. Normal, straight people are being pounded by gay, lesbian, bi, and the rest of the alphabet. There are channels that specifically embrace those lifestyles. What is wrong with having one or two channels that promote what the VAST majority.”

More of the same anti-gay rhetoric continued from the sheriff’s account. A supervisor told Local 4 the department had alerted Twitter that the account had been hacked.

Currently, no one at the sheriff’s department has access to the account, which is why the tweets are still up.

“Thank you for bringing these concerning posts to our attention. The Public Information Officer role has recently changed hands. Unfortunately, with that change, the Twitter account access was lost. As you will see, there has not been activity from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Twitter in some time. It should be known that we do not support any of these tweets. The issue is being investigated and the posts will be removed as soon as possible.”

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department

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