Ga. Educator Fired Over Racist Facebook Comments

Jane Wood Allen can now be racist in the unemployment line.

Jane Wood Allen
Jane Wood Allen Forsyth County (Ga.) Public Schools

Jane Wood Allen is probably wishing she had kept her racist comments off Facebook or had better privacy settings, because she’s now taking her racism to the unemployment line.

Allen, who was a paraprofessional in Georgia’s Forsyth County Schools, was fired Monday after posting racist comments on Facebook. In one post, Allen referred to Michelle Obama as a “gorilla.”

“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 posted last week on Facebook.

In other posts, Allen commented about how Hispanics and Muslims need to go back to where they came from.

“Effective Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, Jane Wood Allen has been relieved from duty and is no longer an employee of Forsyth County Schools,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district, in a statement. “Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in our school district. We are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.”

Allen had been with the school district since 1989, and now that her name is all over the internet, it’s not going to be that easy for her to find another job in education.