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Falsely accused of "violating violence in workplace" policy

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? New Jersey

3 weeks ago I sent an email to some colleagues which had a video attachment that discussed dress codes and their use in providing a safer environment in schools. In the video a student standing in a classroom was dressed in very loose clothing and demonstrated how such garb could be used to conceal a weapon. He removed a few weapons from his beltline and placed them on a desk in front of him. The video was made by parents, teachers, and school administrators from a local community and was titled "Why schools require shirts to be tucked in". I did not include any writing in the body of the email and only sent the video with the subject line filled in as "Interesting video on school safety". I had only received positive feedback and thanks from my colleagues prior to being contacted by corporate security. My security badge was taken and I was escorted to my office, then my car after briefly explaining my intentions were nothing more than expressing care for my colleagues with whom I am a friend.
In any event, I've been forbidden from contacting anyone from work while they perform their investigation. I'm still being paid and can access my work email account. However, my professional image is being tarnished and my absence from work has devestated my research project which will have reprocussions in various ways (i.e. standing with fellow group members who rely on my team efforts, professional image, etc). I thought I would be called in the next day once they realized it was nothing but a misunderstanding, but it's been three weeks now and they haven't replied to my requests for information on how things are going. I'm in no way a violent person and my performance reviews for the last 7 years have been immaculate, even stating I "often place the success of the group ahead of my own personal success". I've never threatened anyone or done anything violent. I'm actually very well liked and was shocked that I was being accused of such a thing.
Any suggestions as to what I should do? Though I'm being paid, I'm stressed out and anxious that there is an unfounded witch hunt going on that is/will ruin my good name and professional career. Their lack of communication doesn't help matters.


Senior Member
stuckinlimbo said:
Any suggestions as to what I should do?
Sit tight

Do some yardwork / hobbies


Prepare your resume and get in touch with some contacts far removed from your present job.

Wait some more.

I hope others have good ideas for you too.

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