Teacher fired over racist Facebook comments about Michelle Obama
A Georgia educator has been fired after posting racist Facebook comments about First Lady Michelle Obama, calling her a “gorilla” multiple times.
Jane Wood Allen, a parapro at Chestatee Elementary School, lost her job over the racist posts, which included references to the First Lady as a “gorilla” as well as other anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic posts.
In August, Allen posted an article from Opposing Views that read: “First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?”
Allen’s comment read: “I admire a gorilla more than I admire her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)! … She is the worst example of a First Lady ever! (Oh sorry, I meant gorilla not First Lady)!”
Then, this week, Allen posted an article from Americannews.com called “Outrage after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious.”
Her comment on the Americannews.com article read: “This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations!”
While Allen’s Facebook profile is no longer searchable, the posts were preserved in screenshots. She has since been fired for her racist comments.
“Effective Monday, October 3, 2016, Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district, in a statement. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”