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Basingstoke youth leader posts offensive comment on Facebook
A YOUTH leader, responsible for helping at residential camps for children, posted an offensive comment on Facebook in a group set up for the youngsters.
Andy Cross, who takes children from Basingstoke away on holidays with the Adventure Ranger Corp, which has groups in Winklebury, Popley and Tadley, posted the remark in November last year.
As of September 6, it was still showing on the page of the open group, when it was brought to the attention of The Gazette – but after we asked about the posting, it was subequently removed.
The comment referred to a microchip implant which allows Islamic terrorists to speak to God, and then showed pictures of various sized bullets underneath.
Mr Cross, 29, from Tadley, also commented underneath the picture, responding to someone who found his post funny, and said: “I would gladly put one in your forehead for you!”
The open Facebook group, called ARC (The Adventure Ranger Corp), had 27 members.
ARC was founded in 1993 and became a registered charity in 1994.
In a description of the group on Facebook, it states: “Our aim is to offer members as many opportunities to participate in as many activities as possible, and encourage self-discipline and respect for others through teamwork and community awareness. We all take satisfaction in seeing young people enjoying themselves.”
Admin officer Lisa Niezgoda, who is referred to as commanding officer major, and who was one of the founders, told The Gazette she had not seen the post but would speak to Mr Cross about it.
She added: “We don’t condone any comment like that and I will deal with it in the appropriate way and look into the Facebook side of things. It’s important for us to know about it.”
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