He said that the focus of the issue should not be on inanimate objects but on "larger issues in the community."
"At its core, it is a distraction from the issues we really need to be paying attention to, like the treatment of women, the land of Native Americans in North Dakota, and the killing and murdering of blacks in our society," he said.
Francis said he was meeting with school officials on Thursday. He said that he was not allowed to have contact with any teachers or students at Cumberland County Schools as part of his suspension.
"I have family members who are students and teachers and to talk to them would be a violation of my suspension," he said.
Horne, the superintendent's assistant, told BuzzFeed News that personnel issues could not be discussed.
However, Horne said the outcomes of such investigations could typically range from no action, to a temporary suspension or a demotion, to getting fired.