Can Non-Work Arguments Be Sanctioned by HR?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about off site dispute:

I am a supervisor and have been friends with a co-worker for several years. We both work part time, during the same hours. Recently we had a text argument, and I started my text response with “you suck” after she called me a nasty name by text message. I was at home and she was at her home. We did not work that day or the day before that.She waited 11 days and fowarded my text to HR. I was called in after work and asked to explain the situation.

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