Woman who tweeted that Howell should be “first city to burn” won’t lose her job

The State of Michigan employee who tweeted that Howell should be “the first city to burn” in Michigan will not be losing her job over it.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that Damia Morse, an employee at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, will be serving a 10-day unpaid suspension, but will not lose her job.

Lynn Suftin, spokesperson for the department, issued this statement:

“The employee who made the social media post will be serving a 10-day unpaid suspension. They have expressed remorse for their actions and will receive additional training upon return to work.”

Morse tweeted on May 30 under the user name @WowDamia that Howell should be “the first city to burn” in Michigan in the wake of the George Floyd killing.

Morse’s potential problems aren’t over. The Howell City Police Department is recommending that she face charges of issuing a terrorist threat, and Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said he’s reviewing the case to see if charges are warranted.

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