FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Georgia elementary school employee was fired after she allegedly posted a Facebook status that compared first lady Michelle Obama to a "gorilla."
The post, which has since been deleted, reportedly said "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!"
The Forsyth County School District released a statement to WSB-TV about the incident:
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 are committed to ongoing staff training on the acceptance of all individuals.
Parents say they support freedom of speech, but believe teachers should be a role model to the students and be held to a higher standard.
"If she's putting it on social media, she may be putting it in the classroom and that's not OK with me," said parent Kassie Siver.
A screenshot of Jane Wood Allen's post was taken by Roni Dean-Burren and has more than 15,000 shares, 2,000 likes, and 1,300 comments.