Texas Teacher Says McKinney Pool Incident Makes Her Long For Racial Segregation
Karen Fitzgibbons, a fourth-grade teacher from Lubbock, Texas, took to Facebook yesterday to weigh in on the McKinney pool party case. Fitzgibbons bemoaned the fact that Officer Eric Casebolt had resigned from the force; said “the blacks," with their complaints about racism, are ruining things for everyone; and championed the idea of racial segregation. She added that she’s “not racist,” because what racist worth her salt wouldn’t?
The post has since been deleted, along with Fitzgibbons’ entire Facebook page, because she apparently doesn’t understand how the Internet works. Screengrabs taken prior to the post’s removal tell the full story. Fitzgibbons' screed, in its entirety, read:
“This makes me ANGRY! This officer should not have had 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’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
Contacted by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Fitzgibbons reportedly said, “It was not an educational post; it was a personal experience post” and that she “apologized to the appropriate people,” though she didn’t say who she meant.
Andy Penney, the director of public relations for the school district where Fitzgibbons teaches, sent the newspaper an email stating: “Matters such as this are taken very seriously regarding our employees’ social media use. That’s the whole reason we have policies and procedures in place.”
Fitzgibbons, who says she has been teaching at the same school since 1999, still has a job for now, and the district has declined to speak further on immediate plans for her employment. Check out her Facebook post, which managed to get nine likes before it was taken down, below.