A teacher’s aide in Forsyth County, Georgia has been fired after making a racist comment about Michelle Obama on her Facebook page.
Jane Wood Allen, who worked as a ‘paraprofessional’ or teacher’s aide at Chestatee Elementary School in Gainesville, was fired on Monday, according to the Forsyth County Schools.
She had worked for the school district since 1989, according to Forsyth News.
“Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals,” wrote the school district.
Allen has taken down her Facebook page, but screen grabs making the rounds on social media show her calling Michelle Obama a ‘gorilla,’ according to WXIA.
A screen grab posted to a page dedicated to having her fired shows the post, which reads: ‘This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having all of her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total makeover (especially the hair) instead of planning vacations. She is a disgrace to America!’
In a subsequent post, she reportedly wrote: ‘I admire a gorilla more that 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)!’ according to CBS46.
Allen also apparently has a history of other racist comments, and New York Daily News reporter posted screen grabs of what appears to be Allen telling a Muslim woman in a news story ‘You have no business in the USA anyway!’ and poking fun of a student’s name.
The hundreds of comments on the school district’s Facebook page were virtually all in favor of Allen’s termination.