T or C school official under fire for offensive picture

Posted at: 03/25/2013 8:49 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A photo put up on Facebook depicting a school official pointing a handgun at a statue of a Native American has created controversy in one New Mexico town. 

KOB Eyewitness News 4’s On Your Side team got a hold of the picture showing Truth or Consequences School District Assistant Superintendent Loren Cushman in the compromising position.

The school district’s superintendent Craig Cummins had viewed the photo, taken at the Turtle Back Resort and Golf Course.

“I don't have a Facebook page, but yes I've talked to Mr. Cushman about that and there is some personnel issues that are involved that I can't discuss and you know that,” Cummins said. 

Truth or Consequences has a large Native American population and some questioned the meaning of the photo.

“It looks like he's racist or something,” said T or C parent Massiel Garcia after viewing the photo.

As an assistant superintendent, Cushman can hire and fire personnel.  Another posting on his Facebook account read: “Interviewed a guy today who said he and his wife had a hobby of rescuing “wolf-dogs.”

Strike one. Then he acknowledged he was a registered democrat. Strike two. And then he said he doesn't hunt and/or fish. Strike three and he's outa here!”

4 On Your Side wanted to know if Cushman denied someone an employment opportunity in the district because he's a dog-rescuing democrat who doesn't like to hunt.

When the 4 On Your Side team was in Truth or Consequences, Cummins told reporter Chris Ramirez that Cushman was working from home.  Ramirez made numerous calls to Cushman that were never returned.