A Texas elementary school teacher who said she was "almost to the point" of supporting 1950s-style segregation was fired this week after district officials discovered her Facebook post defending controversial action by local police at a pool party.
Fourth-grade teacher Karen Fitzgibbons was fired from Bennett Elementary School, the Frenship Independent School District announced Thursday.
"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. We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. This recent conduct was unacceptable."
Fitzgibbons was defending Officer Eric Casebolt after he resigned from the police force following a viral video of him shoving a bikini-clad black teenage girl to the ground and sitting on her during a pool party, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Casebolt then pointed his gun at two black teenage boys he felt were threatening him.
Fitzgibbons claims she apologized to the right people and says the Facebook post was meant to be personal, but district officials took a decidedly harsh view of the public post.
I'm 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 it 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 something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin....GO! #imnotracist #imsickofthemcausingtrouble #itwasatagedcommunity."
The case continues to broil the community and the nation as the debate between race and class kicks into full swing.
To add to the confusion are added reports that the gated community only allowed a small number of people in the pool area along with accusations of racist slurs in addition to an assault by a white adult caught on camera.
Prior to this incident, Fitzgibbons worked for 20 years in education with 16 of them for Frenship.
The pool party isn't the only incident haunting the Texas town of McKinney these days.
Last week, students at Faubion Middle School were sent home after their T-shirts printed with the words "Gay O.K." caused an uproar in the school cafeteria. An Inquisitr report reveals the students and leaders of LGBTQ groups feel their free speech rights were violated.
As all eyes turn to McKinney this summer the Inquistr promises to keep you updated with the latest events.
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