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School Fires Woman After She Calls First Lady 'Gorilla'

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Jane Wood Allen was fired from her educator position at Chestatee Elementary School in North Forsyth, Georgia, on Oct. 3 after posting racist comments about First Lady Michelle Obama and others on Facebook.

Forsyth County Schools announced on its Facebook page:

Effective Monday, Oct. 3, 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. 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.

Forsyth County News notes that Allen re-posted an Opposing Views Facebook piece entitled: "First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women in the world. Do you admire her?" on her Facebook page on Aug. 27.

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Allen added her own comment: "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)!"

Allen recently posted an article by AmericanNews.com entitled: "Outrage after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious," and commented: "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 Forsyth County School District, said officials found out about Allen's postings on Sept. 30.

"Our schools are closed for fall break this week," Caracciolo stated. "We have and will continue to address this issue with the employee next week. Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools."

Forsyth County News reports that Allen also made anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook page, which the newspaper could not find (later) using the Facebook search tool.

A high school principal from Forsyth County Schools was put on leave for six days earlier this year after sharing an anti-Muslim posting on Facebook, but was allowed to keep his job.

Sources: Forsyth News (2), Forsyth County Schools/Facebook / Photo Credit:  Forsyth News

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