Second-Grade Teacher Fired Over Racist Facebook Post (Photo)

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A second-grade teacher from Mississippi has been fired after allegedly making a racist post on her Facebook page. 

Cammie Rone was fired from her position at Batesville Intermediate School in Batesville, Mississippi, on Sept. 19, South Panola School district public information director Jeff Eubanks told the New York Daily News.

The offending Facebook post called for "offended" African-Americans to leave the U.S. and "move back to Africa."

"If blacks in this country are so offended, no one is forcing them to stay here," read the Facebook post written using Rone's name. "Why don't they pick up and move back to Africa where they will have to work for a living. I am sure our government will pay for it! We pay for everything else." 

Rone claimed her Facebook account had been hacked and said she had not made any racist comment. 

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"I think I have been hacked. I keep getting messages about racist posts but when I go to my page I can't see it," Rone wrote on Facebook. "Someone screenshoted and sent me. If anyone knows me I post about cows, recipes and home improvements stuff not racism. Please know I have not posted or made any kind of [racist] comments." 

Parents of students at Batesville Intermediate School voiced concerns about Rone after news of the post spread.

"I don't feel right with her teaching him," parent Keboni Anderson told WREG before Rone's dismissal was made public. "She came to me as a good person and then when I read the comment it rubbed me the wrong way." 

Parent Tammie Thornton told WREG she had issues with Rone in the past. 

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"And then for you to be in a public school system!" said Thornton. "One where we've got black students, we've got white students, and we've got other students, you should not go on social media and say anything pertaining to race."

Thornton also told WREG she didn't believe Rone's account had been hacked.

The school district's employee conduct policy does not allow teachers to use "abusive, foul or profane language in the presence of students," according to the New York Daily News. The policy also extends to online speech. 

"With the prevalence of technology and social networking, professional conduct must be maintained in these areas as well to protect individuals' rights and the integrity of the institution." 

Violations of the policy can result in suspension, dismissal or a contract not being renewed, according to the New York Daily News. 

Rone can still appeal her dismissal. 

Sources: New York Daily NewsWREG / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Batesville Intermediate School via Great Falls Tribune, Cammie Rone/Facebook via RawStory

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