Fourth grade teacher, Karen Fitzgibbons, of Bennett Elementary in Wolfforth, Texas has been fired, or ‘relieved of her duties’ as put by the Frenship Independent School District, after she posted her opinions about the McKinney pool party incident on her Facebook page.
The former elementary school teacher condemned the Tuesday resignation of McKinney Police Cpl. David Eric Casebolt, shown on video pushing a 15-year-old black girl to the ground outside of a neighborhood pool in McKinney.
“This makes me ANGRY! This officer should not have had to resign,” Fitzgibbons wrote, sharing an ABC News article about the incident.
She added that she believes black people are responsible for racial tension in America and she is “almost to the point” of advocating for segregation.
Fitzgibbons has since taken down the post.
“I’m going to just go ahead and say it….the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension.’ I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education. I’m sure their parents are just as guilty for not knowing what their kids were doing; or knew it and didn’t care.
I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin….GO! #imnotracist #imsickofthemcausingtrouble #itwasagatedcommunity”
Fitzgibbons insisted to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the post “was not directed at any one person or group.”
“It was not an educational post; it was a personal experience post,” Fitzgibbons said, adding she has a personal connection to the McKinney situation, but declined to elaborate.
She added, “I apologized to the appropriate people,” declining to identify those people.
“It was not an educational post; it was a personal experience post,” she told the newspaper.
Fitzgibbons issued a full apology on Thursday. “First, to anyone, of any race, that I have offended, I sincerely apologize,” she said. She added, “As I look back and reflect, I see how hurtful those words sounded.” Fitzgibbons explained that she let her “emotions get the best of” her.
A school district spokesperson referred to the part of the employee handbook that governs electronic media, which states:
“If an employee’s use of electronic media interferes with the employee’s ability to effectively perform his or her job duties, the employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”