A Florida elementary school teacher has been punished by school administrators for a social media post criticizing the Day Without Immigrants national protest and praising President Donald Trump. I guess her words hit some snowflake principal a little too close to home.
Veronica Fleming, who worked as a computer lab instructor and instructional review teacher at Parkside Elementary School, has been reassigned to the district administrative center and placed under investigation for the following post:
— Naples Daily News (@ndn) February 16, 2017
“The funny part about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are here at work like we’ve always been. Looks like less mouths to feed today. Have fun while you still can. So glad to hear about massive deportation. Let’s make America great again. Thanks, Donald Trump!” Does that read like speech that should result in a potential firing to you? Some parents have sounded the social justice alarms because Fleming’s Naples school has a large minority population, including many of whom who may be immigrants or children of immigrants. Therefore, Fleming should not be allowed to say anything critical of the demographic, or so their logic goes.
Parkside Elementary School quickly sided with the “concerned parent” faction and released a statement distancing itself as far as possible from Fleming’s opinions.
“I want to ensure our families that this person’s individual post is not at all reflective of our school staff in any way. Our actions and work, some mentioned above, are the true reflection of how much we love and care about our children and families and how passionate we were about our wonderful school community,” said principal Tamie Stewart.
An angry virtual mob has also formed and its sole purpose is to ruin Fleming’s life: over 2,000 people have signed an online petition to demand Collier County Schools to fire the teacher… for a Facebook post. What a world we live in.
— Miami Florida (@miamiFlRR) February 17, 2017