Madison County Sheriff’s Office releases statement on employee’s alleged comments

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A Madison County Sheriff’s Office employee has been put on administrative leave following an alleged comments to WZDX’s Facebook post on Sunday.

The story is about people in Huntsville speaking out against LGBTQ bullying after a 15-year-old student took his lift after allegedly being bullied for being gay.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update to their statement regarding complaints of a social media post allegedly made by an employee of the Sheriff’s Office on a WZDX Facebook post on Sunday:

“The Madison County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges complaints of social media post allegedly made by an employee of the Sheriff’s Office to a local media outlet’s FB post on Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office has assigned these allegations to be audited with the information that has been provided to us. The Sheriff’s Office holds all its employees to high standard, and the public can be assured that a thorough and complete audit will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken. 

The involved employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the audit. 

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responds promptly to allegations of misconduct by any of it’s [sic] employees. The process of investigating misconduct allegations is in accordance with established Madison County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures and Madison County Personnel Department policies and procedures. 

Sheriff Kevin Turner offers his condolences to the family and friends of Nigel Shelby whose young life was lost to suicide last week. Nigel was featured in a WZDX Fox 54 online media post to their Facebook Page raising awareness to bullying in schools.  The post that has been brought to our attention was associated with that WZDX posting.” 

Sheriff Turner states “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

No other information has been released at this time.


On Monday afternoon, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office released a statement in response to complaints about an employee’s alleged social media comments.

“The Madison County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges complaints of social media post allegedly made by an employee of the Sheriff’s Office to a local media outlet’s FB post on Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office has assigned these allegations to be audited with the information that has been provided to us. The public can be assured that a thorough and complete audit will be conducted to arrive at an appropriate conclusion.

Sheriff Turner will give a statement once this process is concluded.

WZDX/RocketCityNow.com is the local media outlet referenced. The story that we posted to our Facebook is People in Huntsville speaking out against LGBTQ bullying.

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See the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post with their statement below:

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