Father of alleged Snapchat bullies is fired


Update 1: Since this story was posted, The Puro family has issued an apology on behalf of Deron Puro. Click here to read the update.

Update 2: Bradly Knudson has offered more details since posting his video. Click here to read the update.

When a Prior Lake man told Brad Knudson he didn't care if voicemails he left, which featured racial and homophobic slurs, were shared on social media, he probably didn't think he'd lose his job.

But he apparently did.

FOX 9 reports that Deron Puro was let go by his employer, Roy E. Abbott Futures, Inc., as of Wednesday afternoon. The company also released a statement confirming that Puro, an independent contractor, no longer works for the firm.

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The uproar started with a YouTube video Knudson uploaded on Tuesday. It shows a candid Knudson detailing an apparent cyber-bullying incident in which his adopted African-American daughter received a series of offensive Snapchat messages from a pair of twins who attend Prior Lake High School.

Knudson plays one of the videos in question, and it includes a handful of slurs, such as the N-word.

Knudson confronted Puro, the twins' father, after numerous attempts to make contact. As Knudson tells it, Puro was initially dismissive, even saying such offensive language is used casually in his home.

Then the voicemails came. Puro can be heard directing slurs at Knudson, who says the man gave no protest when told his unflattering correspondence would be shared with the world via social media.

The Prior Lake School District released a statement saying it does “not tolerate racism, harassment or bullying,” and is investigating the incident.

Here's Knudson's video. Be warned: it contains some disturbing language.

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