Teacher's Aide Fired Over Racist Facebook Posts, Including Ones That Called Michelle Obama 'Gorilla'
A Georgia school teacher's aide was fired this week after reportedly posting what many saw as racists messages about the first lady to her Facebook page.
Jane Wood Allen was terminated by the Forsyth County School District for multiple posts in which she refers to Michelle Obama as a "gorilla."
Allen's Facebook account has been deactivated, but her posts were first captured by multiple news outlets both locally and nationwide.
Two of the comments came in response to news articles posted by the former educator at the Chestatee Elementary School.
In one post, along with a conservative news site's story about a Michelle Obama "slip up," Allen reportedly wrote:
"This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having all of her luxurious vacations paid for anymore."
In another post, which appears to have been in response to a news story about Mrs. Obama's status as one of the world's most admired women, Allen wrote:
"I admire a gorilla more that I admire her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)!"
The posts appear to date back at least to August.
After word of the posts began to spread, outrage in the school district was swift as a Facebook group called "Chestatee Elementary School Fire Jane Wood Allen, NOW" quickly went viral.
Allen was no longer an employee at the school as of Monday.
In a statement Friday, a district spokesperson condemned Allen's posts.
"We were made aware of the posts Friday morning," the statement read. "Our schools were closed for fall break last week. We have and will continue to address this issue with the employee on Monday. Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools."