A paraprofessional teacher in the Forsyth County School district in Georgia is facing an investigation by school administrators after she posted criticisms of First Lady Michelle Obama. Local media said the posts as having “perpetuated racist and anti-minority” sentiments. Jane Wood Allen, who is employed at Chestatee Elementary School, commented on articles concerning Obama in which she referred to the First Lady as a “gorilla.” Allen also issued posts that expressed her sentiments about Latinos and Muslims. These were recorded as screen-captures by the Forsyth County News.
Late last month, Allen shared an article by Opposing Views with the caption, “First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?” Commenting on the article, 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)!”
Last week, Allen issued another comment in which she said, “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!”
Speaking for the school district Jennifer Caracciolo said that administrators were aware of the posts by September 30. Caracciolo said. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools." Currently, Forsyth County schools are on break. Possible disciplinary action against Allen will be discussed and decided upon school returning next week after fall break. There was no threat of violence against Obama mentioned in the social media posts by Allen.
A Forsyth County high school principal was placed on leave for six working days after he made remarks on Facebook that were deemed anti-Muslim.
The officials was allowed to return to work after issuing an apology.
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