An elementary school teacher in Collier County, Florida was reassigned to administrative duties over a Facebook post during the “Day Without Immigrants” protest last Thursday.
Parkside Elementary School computer lab instructor Veronica Fleming linked to a Chicago Tribune story about the nationwide protest and offered her take on the situation.
Collier County Public Schools spokesman Greg Turchetta told the Naples Daily News Fleming’s post didn’t sit well with parents of students at Parkside Elementary, 96 percent of which are minorities.
“I was mad. Really, really mad,” said Gabriella Marquez, whose two children are in Fleming’s class. “I would consider it really to be racist.”
District officials removed Fleming from the classroom and reassigned her to the district administrative center while they investigate, Parkside principal Tamie Stewart told NBC 2.
She said many parents called the school to complain.
A petition on Change.org titled “CCOS should fire Veronica Fleming” has also received more than 3,000 signatures of support in the five days since the incident.
“We understand that as a private citizen Mrs. Fleming should be allowed to express herself, however, as an educator at a school composed of predominantly Hispanic, Haitian, and students of other minorities, one should always be professional and behave as an impartial authority figure that is held to higher standards,” the petition reads.