In a social media post that was shared by Loretta Bennett, who is also known as “Lolo Allen”, earlier in the week, backlash was received, which resulted in her termination from the City of Meridian.
“They took the picture and ran with it. The reason they did it is because I’m running for District 2 Supervisor. It doesn’t have anything to do with that picture. I’ve posted that picture three years in a row and nothing was said. I was a city employee last year and posted that picture—nothing was said,” said Allen.
With Mayor Percy Bland being in Washington D.C. this week, Dr. George Thomas of the Meridian City Council delivered the termination letter to Allen.
Dr. Thomas said in a statement, “the letter was written because of a violation of the social media policy of the City of Meridian. There have been warnings before, it’s my understanding. But, this final posting, whether it was original or forwarded or whatever, was a violation of the social media policy of the City of Meridian.”
“Percy Bland was in Meridian, Mississippi on Monday when that post was made, when that picture was posted on my page. I believe Percy Bland is using George Thomas as his escape goat, because this is something Percy Bland has been wanting to do all along,” said Allen.
Mayor Bland said in a statement that it’s a personnel issue and there is no further comment. In moving forward, Allen says she will now focus on her campaign and the vision she has for District 2.
“The kids need some playgrounds out there. It would be great to have some community centers out there in Toomsuba. The black community has been overlooked. I’m not trying to make this a racial thing, but the proof is in the pudding. When you go to certain areas you see the roads have been paved, but when you go into low-poverty stricken areas, which, majority of blacks live, the roads are all banged up.” -Allen