*** NORTH FORSYTH -- This story has been updated. Please click here for a story detailing the Forsyth County Schools statement on Chestatee Elementary School educator Jane Wood Allen being fired over racist Facebook comments she recently made.
A Forsyth County Schools paraprofessional has been put in the spotlight after officials were made aware of social media posts she recently made that perpetuated racist and anti-minority remarks.
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 sentiments, according to school officials and her posts that were screen-captured by the Forsyth County News.
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!”
Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school district, said officials were made aware of the posts Friday morning.
“Our schools are closed for fall break this week. We have and will continue to address this issue with the employee next week,” Caracciolo said. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools.”
Any displinary actions will be made upon the return of school next week. Classes were out this week for the district's fall break.