Frenship ISD Teacher Karen Fitzgibbons Fired After Facebook #ImNotRacist Rant
Karen Fitzgibbons, the Bennett Elementary School teacher who made a racially-charged statement on Facebook, has been fired by Frenship ISD.
Frenship ISD released the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding Fitzgibbon's termination.
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.
Fitzgibbons posted a statement to her personal Facebook page late Tuesday night (June 9) following the news that McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt had resigned. Casebolt was captured on camera earlier this month pulling a gun on teenagers at a pool party and wrestling a teenage girl to the ground.
Fitzgibbons' statement in part read: "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."