The Georgia school district where Jane Wood Allen worked as a teachers’ aide announced her firing yesterday (October 3) in response to a series of racist posts on her Facebook page.
“Effective Monday, October 3, 2016, Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” district spokesperson Jennifer Caracciolo said in a statement cited by Forsyth News. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”
While Allen’s Facebook page is no longer available via search, Forsyth News compiled screenshots of several of the posts, which accompanied shared news articles. In at least two, including the one above, she called First Lady Michelle Obama a “gorilla.” In another, Allen, who is White, wrote that Muslims “have no business here anyway!” Yet another post advocated a wall on the United States-Mexico border, calling undocumented immigrants “some of the biggest freeloaders ever.”
The North Georgia school district faced similar issues earlier this year when a school principal was placed on six days of leave for Islamophobic and anti-LGBTQ posts.