A school district in Georgia has fired a female parapro at a local elementary school for comments she made about Michell Obama on her Facebook page. Jane Wood Allen referred to the First Lady as a "gorilla" in her post, which was widely regarded as racist. Allen also made statements about Muslims and Latinos that the school district found objectionable. She worked at the Chestatee Elementary School in Forsyth County.
 
In August, Allen posted an article published by Opposing Views that said, “First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?” In response, Allen wrote, “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)!”
 
This week, Allen posted an article from AmericanNews.com entitled, “Outrage after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious.” Allen then wrote, “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!”
 
Allen’s Facebook appears to have been taken down. However, her posts have been immortalized as screenshots. “Effective Monday, October 3, 2016, Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” said school district spokesperson Jennifer Caracciolo. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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