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FSU Teacher Resigns After 'Offensive' Facebook Post Makes News

| by Sean Kelly

A Florida State University professor has resigned following a controversial Facebook post that included a controversial slur.

Deborah O’Connor, a senior lecturer with FSU’s College of Business, resigned after being “urged” to do so by the University, though not forced to. O’Connor’s post was in response to a photo of Attorney General Eric Holder posted by NYC-based beauty consultant Colin Lively. Lively’s post was in support of Holder’s decision to investigate the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

“Take your Northern (gay slur) elitism and shove it up your (expletive),” O’Connor’s comment said, as reported by Tallahasse.com. “I teach at a University, you (expletive). What do you do? You are an intellectual fraud, just like your Messiah. Obama has single-handedly turned our once great society into a Ghetto Culture, rivaling that of Europe."

The Tallahassee Democrat spoke with O’Connor after word of her Facebook post began to spread, and she admitted that she was embarrassed about what happened. “I've learned my lesson about Facebook; let's just leave it at that,” O’Connor said. “I decided to resign because I didn't think it was feasible to drag myself and Florida State through this kind of mud."

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According to Tallahassee.com, O’Connor’s comments were documented and saved by a friend of Lively’s who then passed them on to a reporter at Jacksonville-based news site Folio.com. “I'm surprised her employers weren't aware of her and hadn't done something about it,” Lively said. “I feel very bad for any woman who carries that kind of rage inside her heart. I feel very bad and sorry for her.”

In addition to alerting Folio.com of O’Connor’s controversial post, Lively’s friend, Susie Sharp, also notified FSU president John Thrasher of the incident. She had yet to receive a response from the University as of Tuesday.

“I usually give people a pass, but once I saw that she had a position of responsibility teaching our children, that's what put me over the edge,” Sharp said of her decision to inform FSU and the media of the post. “My thought is that when you are a teacher you are held to a higher standard."

Source: Tallahassee.com / Photo Credit: wcnc.com