A primary school teacher’s aide has found herself in a lot of trouble after posting some shockingly offensive social media comments about Michelle Obama.
Jane Wood Allen, an educator at Chestatee Elementary in Gainesville, Georgia, recently shared a conservative news article about the first lady’s “slip up” with an incredibly racist comment comparing Obama to a gorilla.
“This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having all of her luxurious vacations paid for anymore,” Allen wrote on her Facebook page.
The post probably would have gone unnoticed if it were not for Houston Ph.D. student Roni Dean-Burren, who took screenshots of Allen’s commentary and shared it on her own page. It immediately went viral, prompting outraged parents to question her ability to teach children.
After incessant demands from the community, the Georgia school district fired Allen.
“Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools. Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district,” the school district stated in a Facebook post. “We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals. As this is a personnel matter, the district will provide no further comment.”
Although Allen’s Facebook page has been deleted, Forsythe County News reported that she previously made several posts against Muslims and Hispanics as well.
In addition to that, back in August, Allen shared an article about FLOTUS being one of the most admired women in the world. She posted it with a caption: “I admire a gorilla more that I admire her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)! If she was a real first lady, she would not have used and abused her title by thinking she is entitled to go on all the trips that she takes every other day.”
With her online comments in mind, it is disturbing to imagine how she must have treated minority children in her class.
Moreover, it is not clear if the educator is a Donald Trump supporter, though many social media users believe she could be. The Republican presidential nominee may now be pandering to the African-American community for votes, but he has spent a large part of his election campaign insulting and mocking minority groups.
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