Jane Wood Allen is a Facebook user who identifies as an employee of Chestatee Elementary School. It just so happens that Jane, according to some screenshots captured by Houston PhD student Roni Dean-Burren, is liable to post some racist stuff on Facebook.
Allen linked to a post from the extremely reputable news website americannews.com (one story on its homepage: "The Evidence Of Hillary Clinton And Lester Holt Rigging The Debate Leaked, And Now It's Over"), and wrote, "This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having all of her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning vacations! She is a disgrace to America!"
Naturally, Twitter was outraged, and there was even a separate Facebook page put up demanding that Allen be fired.
Fire Jane Allen now. Fire her, issue an apology, and begin implicit bias training for your staff.
This is NOT ok. pic.twitter.com/stQtWFOwfb
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 2, 2016
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the school was notified of the posts on Friday, and confirmed they were related to an employee in the Forsyth County school district.
“We have and will continue to address this issue with the employee on Monday," Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo told the AJC. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Forsyth County Schools.”
Fusion's calls to Caracciolo and Allen were not immediately returned.
According to the Forsyth County News, this isn't the first time an employee in the school district faced disciplinary action for some questionable social media behavior. In February, Lambert High School principal Gary Davison was placed on leave for sharing some Islamophobic memes on—you guessed it—Facebook.
UPDATE: Forsyth County Schools announced Monday morning that Allen had been “relieved from duty.” "Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district,” they added.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.