Officials of a Georgia school district has fired one of its employees after the employee, Jane Allen, described the US first lady Michelle Obama as a gorilla on Facebook last week. Forsyth County Schools said in a statement that elementary school paraprofessional Jane Wood Allen was fired Monday. The statement reads in part:
“Racism and discrimination are not tolerated” in the school district.
District spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo confirmed Monday that the decision to fire Allen was made after officials learned of the Facebook racist posting where Allen referred to the first lady as a gorilla.
Allen wrote on her Facebook page:
“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 total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations! She is a disgrace to America!”Allen's Facebook page has since being deactivated.