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Georgia Educator Fired for Repeatedly Calling Michelle Obama a ‘Gorilla’

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FORSYTHE COUNTY, Ga. — An elementary school teachers’ aide is out of a job after parents saw what she was posting to Facebook.

Parents from Chestatee Elementary School in Forsyth County say they were stunned and disappointed when they found about what was posted on paraprofessional Jane Wood Allen’s personal Facebook page, according to WSB in Atlanta. One post consisted of a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama with the caption, “This poor gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by not having all of her luxurious vacations paid for anymore?”

Another post on Allen’s page — now deleted — called the First Lady a gorilla. “It’s absolutely racist. She’s an African-American, you’re comparing her to a gorilla, two and two, there you go,” parent Kassie Siver said.

No one from the Forsyth County School District would talk to WSB, saying it was a personal matter; however, the district did release a statement:

“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’re committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”

“If she’s putting it on social media she may be putting it in the classroom and and that’s not okay with me,” Siver said.

WSB attempted to reach Jane Wood Allen for comment at her listed address, but no one answered the door.

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