TX Teacher Fired for Segregation Comments About McKinney


A Texas teacher was fired after posting a comment about McKinney going off on the resignation of Officer Eric Casebolt, “the blacks” causing problems, and how she’s “almost to the point of wanting them all segregated.”

This is what Bennett Elementary teacher Karen Fitzgibbons posted on Facebook:


Well, according to KCBD, Fitzgibbons ended up being relieved of her position by the Frenship Independent School District. The district sent out a statement saying, in part, “We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. Employees are held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. This recent conduct was unacceptable.”

Fitzgibbons took down her Facebook page and apologized today. This is her full apology:

First, to anyone, of any race, that I have offended, I sincerely apologize. That was not my intent. I let my emotions get the best of me, and instead of taking a deep breath, vented in an inappropriate way. I am truly sorry. I don’t want my comments to reflect poorly on my district or campus, as the words came from me, not them. Frenship and Bennett are amazing places full of people (teachers, administrators, custodial staff, cafeteria staff, parents, and others) who love, care about, and go the extra mile for all students, regardless of race. As a teacher and lifelong educator, I strive to do the same. I always tell my students that once they are my student, they will always be my child. As an educator, I do teach my students about treating all people fairly and with dignity. I regret that my words are now calling that into question. I can, and will, use this situation as a real world example of how emotions and words can cause hurt to others. I am ashamed of my post. As I look back and reflect, I see how hurtful those words sounded. It is my hope that my sincere apology will be accepted.

Thank you.

Watch KCBD’s report here:

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

[h/t Raw Story]
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