A teacher was fired after making racist comments about a video of McKinney police beating a black teenager to the ground. The West Texas elementary school teacher voiced her opinion on the Officer Eric Casebolt incident. The well-known case involved an officer who resigned after taking out his gun and forcefully restraining a 15-year-old girl who was at a pool party.
According to Mail Online, Karen Fitzgibbons posted the following message on her Facebook page but deleted it shortly after.
#KarenFitzgibbons has just been fired. pic.twitter.com/zXUEKEbTYQ
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 11, 2015
“I’m just going to just go ahead and say it… the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension.’ I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education. I’m sure their parents are just as guilty for not knowing what their kids were doing; or knew and didn’t care. I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to [sic] something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin…GO! #imnotracist #imsickofthemcausingtrouble #itwasagatedcommunity.”
The teacher fired for her McKinney incident comments taught fourth grade at a Frenship school. The school’s administration released the following statement about their decision to let her go.
“Frenship ISD is deeply disappointed in the thoughtlessness conveyed by this employee’s post. We find these statements to be extremely offensive, insensitive, and disrespectful to our Frenship community and citizens everywhere. These comments in no way represent the educational environment we have created for our students. We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. Employees are held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. This recent conduct was unacceptable.”
According to CNet, Fitzgibbons has apologized for her comments. There seems to be a lot of debate about whether or not people should be voicing their opinions on such matters on a public platform like Facebook or Twitter. While some people do believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions, others argue that controversial or insensitive comments shouldn’t make their way to social media and that racism should never be tolerated.
Do you think Fitzgibbons should have lost her job for the racist comments that she made?
The teacher fired for her McKinney comments worked as a teacher for the past 20 years. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, she worked in Frenship for the past 16.
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