NORTH FORSYTH – A north Forsyth educator was fired Monday after posts she has recently been making on social media sparked controversy over their perpetuation of racist and anti-minority sentiments.
Jane Wood Allen, a parapro at Chestatee Elementary School, shared articles on Facebook about First Lady Michelle Obama with comments that used derogatory words like “gorilla” and other posts that contained anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim remarks, according to screen-captured posts.
Her profile is no longer searchable on Facebook.
“Effective Monday, October 3, 2016, Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district, in a statement. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”
On Aug. 27, Allen shared an article by Opposing Views with the caption, “First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?”
Her comment on the post read, “I admire a gorilla more than 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)!”
This week she posted an article from Americannews.com titled, “Outrage after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious,” on which Allen posted, “This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations!”
Caracciolo said Allen began working for the school system in 1989.
“As this is a personnel matter, the district will provide no further comment,” she said.
The posts came to light on Friday, Sept. 30, the last day of fall break for the district.
Caracciolo said on Friday that administrators would address the “issue with the employee next week.”
Earlier this year, a Forsyth County Schools high school principal was placed on leave for six school days in response to anti-Muslim Facebook posts the educator shared. The principal apologized and was ultimately allowed to return to his position.