A teacher in Batesville, Mississippi, no longer has a job after parents claimed she penned a racist rant against black people on Facebook, according to WREG.
The South Panola School District on Tuesday confirmed to WREG that Batesville Intermediate School teacher Cammie Rone has been dismissed from employment after an investigation.
Rone was dismissed after several of her students’ parents snapped a picture of the former second-grade teacher’s Facebook post.
“If blacks in this country are so offended, no one is forcing them to stay here,” the post said.
“Why don’t they pick up and move back to Africa where they will have to work for a living,” it added. “I am sure our government will pay for it! We pay everything else.”
Some Twitter users on Thursday criticized Rone for her remarks, while others defended the former teacher as the victim of a hacking.
South Panola School District officials sent WREG a copy of their policy that states a teacher in a situation like Rone’s will meet their school’s principal.
The policy stated that teachers accused of such behavior could face suspension, dismissal or non-renewal.
“I think my account was hacked,” Rone said in a follow-up Facebook post. “I keep getting messages about racist posts, but when I go to my page, I can’t see it.”
“[I post about] cows, recipes and home improvement stuff not racism,” she added in another message.
Parent Keboni Anderson said she is one of the parents who documented Rone’s post, noting it changed her perception of her son’s former teacher.
“She came to me as a good person and then when I read the comment it rubbed me the wrong way,” she said. “I don’t feel right with her teaching him.”
Tammie Thornton, another parent involved, said she has had previous issues with Rone and did not believe her claims of a hacking.
“I don’t think her account was hacked, I really don’t,” she said. “And then for you to be in a public school system.”
“One where we’ve got black students, we’ve got white students, and we’ve got other students, you should not go on social media and say anything pertaining to race.”