Yet another professional tasked with educating our nation's children has been fired for a racist hot take on the McKinney pool arrests. Karen Fitzgibbons, a teacher at Bennett Elementary School, posted an angry Facebook post in response to the latest disturbing video of police's interaction with African-Americans. In it she said blacks are responsible for racial tension and she "almost" wants a return to the segregationist days of the '50s and '60s.
Here's the post in full:
Prior to her firing Fitzgibbons offered a half-assed apology yesterday, saying the post "was not directed at any one person or group." She added, "It was not an educational post; it was a personal experience post. I apologized to the appropriate people."
Before her firing was announced (but when it was seen as inevitable) she tried again:
The Frenship Independent School District fired Fitzgibbons this afternoon and issued the following statement: "Frenship ISD is deeply disappointed in the thoughtlessness conveyed by this employee’s post. We find these statements to be extremely offensive, insensitive, and disrespectful to our Frenship community and citizens everywhere. These comments in no way represent the educational environment we have created for our students."
Yesterday a high school principal in North Miami was fired for defending the police officer's actions and saying he feared for his life.