Do You Agree With Frenship ISD’s Decision to Fire Karen Fitzgibbons Because of Her Facebook Post? [POLL]
It did not take long for Frenship ISD to come to the decision to fire a teacher for a post she made on her personal Facebook page. The former elementary school teacher posted on Tuesday night her feelings about Eric Casebolt resigning from the McKinney Police Department. As KFYO reported, Karen Fitzgibbons posted the following:
This makes me ANGRY! This officer should not have to resign. 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 is 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
On Thursday Fitzgibbons apologized for her post, but it wasn't enough to save her job. By early Thursday afternoon Frenship ISD released the following statement:
On Wednesday afternoon, Frenship Independent School District was made aware of a statement posted on a Facebook page by a Frenship ISD employee earlier this week.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.The employee whose account is responsible for the post will be relieved of her teaching duties at Frenship ISD.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.Frenship ISD hopes communities, parents and students understand that these remarks do not reflect the views of our district, teachers and staff.