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Texas teacher fired for 'black segregation' Facebook post about McKinney video

Technically Incorrect: An elementary-school teacher goes on Facebook to declare "blacks are the problem." She is the second educator this week to be removed from her job for a Facebook posting.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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A scene from the McKinney video. Brandon Brooks/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We often chuckle when criminals on the run go on Facebook to taunt the police.

Perhaps we also ought to wonder where they get their education -- and their Facebook education, for that matter.

For the second time this week, a schoolteacher has been removed from their job for a Facebook posting that was ill-judged. To say the least.

As the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports, elementary-school teacher Karen Fitzgibbons saw the YouTube video from McKinney, Texas, in which a police officer dragged a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground by her hair and pinned her with his knees. Fitzgibbons noted that the officer had resigned and that she felt the need to comment on Facebook.

Fitzgibbons, who's white, wrote: "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."

There's that moment when you muse, "I'm just going to go ahead and say it." That should be followed by, "wait, should I say it on Facebook?" There's also that moment when you accuse someone else of having no education and then behave yourself in a way that some might find ill-educated.

Sadly, Fitzgibbons went ahead and didn't think. She was fired from Bennett Elementary School, which is itself in McKinney. Perhaps it didn't help that she also added her thoughts on racial segregation to the post.

She wrote: "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..."

Go!

The Frenship Independent Schools District went and issued a statement, which said in part: "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."

Fitzgibbons has now apologized "to the appropriate people" for the post, the same ultimate reaction of North Miami High School Principal Alberto Iber. He had posted to Facebook that he believed that the McKinney officer, Cpl. Eric Casebolt, had "done nothing wrong." Iber was removed from his position for the post. He headed a school whose student body was 99 percent minorities.

When emotions are stirred, Facebook seems to be the natural place for them to be aired. There's enough evidence to suggest it's the last place that some obviously contentious emotions should be aired, especially if you're a teacher.

Still, some would offer that it's good to know which teachers have views that they don't find especially enlightened.