Texas Teacher Fired After Facebook Post Defending Pool Party Cop: 'I'm Almost to the Point of Wanting Them All Segregated'
"I guess that's what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education," Karen Fitzgibbons wrote
http://kcbd.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=356327;hostDomain=www.KCBD.com;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=385;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11587350;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedKCBD NewsChannel 11 LubbockA fourth-grade teacher was fired after posting a racially fueled Facebook rant defending Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas, cop who pushed a teenager to the ground at a June 5 pool party.
In a post that has since been deleted, Karen Fitzgibbons, a teacher at Bennet Elementary in Wolforth, Texas, wrote that she was, in all-caps, “ANGRY” over the officer’s resignation, blaming “the blacks” for causing “racial tension,” according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
“I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education,” she continued. “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 #itwasatagedcommunity”
A statement from the Frenship Independent School District said that Fitzgibbons had been “relieved of her teaching duties” after the administration was made aware of the post.
Fitzgibbons offered up an apology for her words on Thursday, telling KCBD: “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.”
She added: “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.”