Wright Resigns as Comal ISD Medical Consultant after Inappropriate Remarks, Views on COVID-19 in Children, Surface on Facebook
Two days after she was hired to provide Comal ISD with a “fresh perspective” on health issues like COVID-19, Dr. Erin Wright resigned as the district’s medical consultant, citing a social-media campaign that discredited her professionalism.
Hours after it was announced on Friday that she had replaced Dr. Emily Briggs, who served as medical consultant for the last seven years, screenshots of posts Wright made on her personal Facebook page over the summer began cropping up on other Facebook pages like “Living Blue in Comal County,” which shared 20 images.
They include comments like “COVID 19 should be renamed the Common Core Virus, because this s**t isn’t adding up, either,” claims that children don’t contract the virus, statements indicating she is opposed to prolonged mask-wearing for children, and images suggesting that Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is a prostitute who rose to prominence because of an alleged sexual relationship with a prominent California politician.
In a statement released today, Wright said her personal beliefs were unfairly used to discredit the administration and staff of Comal ISD:
“Over the past 24 hours, anonymous individuals on social media have instigated a campaign to discredit my professionalism by taking out of context past commentary I have made that reflect my personal and political beliefs. I make no apologies for being a conservative, and my personal viewpoints do not negate my ability to do my job as a physician nor as a mother.
“Nothing I have posted publicly gives any individual the ability to know me or judge me as a person. Those who do know me can and will attest to my character and abilities to perform my job.
“Unfortunately, my personal beliefs are being used unfairly to discredit the administration and staff of Comal ISD. As such, I have made the decision to withdraw as Comal ISD’s medical consultant and want to thank the district for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
On Friday, Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim said in a press release that Wright, who has four children, would be able to look at school health issues from “both sides.”
“We will look to Erin to provide our district with a fresh perspective on increasingly complex health services for our school district,” he said. “Health and safety as a big priority for us, especially as we look to protect more than 25,000 students and 3,000 faculty and employees during a pandemic.”
Comal ISD Director of Communications Steve Stanford said the district understands Wright’s decision to resign.
“We want to thank Dr. Wright for her willingness to serve as the district’s medical consultant and understand her decision to resign from the position at this time,” he said. “It is unfortunate that social media has been used to publicly judge and discredit Dr. Wright as she is a highly qualified physician who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism throughout all her interactions with the district.”
Wright works as a full-time hospitalist at New Braunfels and San Antonio-area facilities and serves in a part-time capacity as medical director for a local hospice center.