Lubbock Area Teacher’s Controversial #Imnotracist Post Going Viral

Bennett Elementary, where this person teaches, is in the Frenship Independent School District. This encompasses a large part of southwest Lubbock, as well as adjacent rural areas. Bennett itself and the Frenship district offices are located in the community of Wolfforth, which borders Lubbock on the southwest. My former business has its offices in Wolfforth. Frenship is quite a good school district by most accounts (and better than Lubbock’s own district) but then we have this: An allegedly educated person, a public employee no less, openly calling for a revival of segregation.

LUBBOCK,TX- A Bennett Elementary School teacher became the subject of controversy after her Facebook post went viral and generated a negative response.

Tuesday afternoon, Karen Fitzgibbons, posted her opinion on the recent pool party incident in McKinney to Facebook. She was responding after Police Corporal David Eric Casebolt’made national news and was accused of excessive force for his treatment of a girl. He resigned Tuesday.

The Fitzgibbons post said:

This makes me ANGRY! This officer should not have 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 is 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

everythinglubbock.com called Fitzgibbons Wednesday night. She said this is “blown out of proportion and I don’t have any comment about it.”

Frenship ISD media director, Andy Penney, sent us this statement Wednesday night.

He said, “FISD cannot speak to specific personnel matters, but situations dealing with employee electronic use are taken seriously by our district. Policies and procedures were created so that FISD can respond to employee electronic used situations in a timely and appropriate manner.”

More: Frenship Teacher’s Controversial #Imnotracist Post Going Viral - EverythingLubbock.com

UPDATE at 6/11/15 12:24:46 pm by Charles Johnson

Karen Fitzgibbons has now been fired.

FISD Statement Concerning Employee Electronic Media Use

On Wednesday afternoon, Frenship Independent School District was made aware of a statement posted on a Facebook page by a Frenship ISD employee earlier this week.

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.

The employee whose account is responsible for the post will be relieved of her teaching duties at Frenship ISD.

We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. Employees are held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. This recent conduct was unacceptable.

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125 comments

1 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Jun 11, 2015 4:48:06am

We must continue to remind ourselves that out current Supreme Court has ruled opinion that Racism is indeed a thing of the past and really nothing to worry about.

God Bless the USA. The White part, at least.

2 Drive By Commenter  Jun 11, 2015 8:49:28am

I’ll bet she’s fun to have as a teacher. You will know them because they tell you who they are.

3 aagcobb  Jun 11, 2015 11:36:51am

You know, I bet in her tiny little mind she really does believe she isn’t racist.

4 Charles Johnson  Jun 11, 2015 12:17:57pm

UPDATE!

5 Charles Johnson  Jun 11, 2015 12:19:10pm

frenship.us

FISD Statement Concerning Employee Electronic Media Use

On Wednesday afternoon, Frenship Independent School District was made aware of a statement posted on a Facebook page by a Frenship ISD employee earlier this week.

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.

The employee whose account is responsible for the post will be relieved of her teaching duties at Frenship ISD.

We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. Employees are held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. This recent conduct was unacceptable.

6 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:04pm
The employee whose account is responsible for the post will be relieved of her teaching duties at Frenship ISD.

Note how it doesn’t say “Fired” or “Terminated”.

7 Kragar  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:08pm

Latest news about the teacher:

8 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:31pm

re: #5 Charles Johnson

frenship.us

Sets her up for a job at one of those “christian” segregationist schools.

They deserve each other.

9 Targetpractice  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:36pm

re: #3 aagcobb

You know, I bet in her tiny little mind she really does believe she isn’t racist.

Back in those days of yore that she seems to admire, she’d have much the same thoughts. But swear she’s not racist because she knows some black folks who are “good ones.”

10 jaunte  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:42pm

re: #4 Charles Johnson

Frensip ISD Official Statement Concerning Employee Electronic Media Use:

I see their spelling problem is getting worse.

11 Ace-o-aces  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:55pm

I’m enjoying that .gif far more than I should.

12 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jun 11, 2015 12:27:59pm

IT WAS A GATED COMMUNITY!!!!!!!111

What in the world do we have to do to keep THEM out of our special GATED communities?

Freedom, values, Liberty, Patriotism.

///

13 EPR-radar  Jun 11, 2015 12:28:38pm

How long until Fitzgibbons shows up as an ‘Education Expert’ on Fox News?

The timing is hard to predict, since it will depend mainly on how much (if any) visibility this story gets in the MSM.

14 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 11, 2015 12:28:45pm

re: #11 Ace-o-aces

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I’m enjoying that .gif far more than I should.

I was just thinking the same thing. It’s just so adaptable.

15 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jun 11, 2015 12:29:50pm

re: #13 EPR-radar

How long until Fitzgibbons shows up as an ‘Education Expert’ on Fox News?

The timing is hard to predict, since it will depend mainly on how much (if any) visibility this story gets in the MSM.

Sean Hannity’s probably on the phone with her right now.

16 HappyWarrior  Jun 11, 2015 12:30:14pm

Sheesh.

17 EPR-radar  Jun 11, 2015 12:30:43pm

re: #14 Eclectic Cyborg

I was just thinking the same thing. It’s just so adaptable.

What I’d really like to see is an animation of each GOP clown of 2016 doing the barrel roll out of the clown car. Alas, I have none of the necessary skill for this.

18 b.d.  Jun 11, 2015 12:31:02pm

I eagerly await her upcoming Megyn Kelly interview on how this is all the fault of the liberals.

19 Kragar  Jun 11, 2015 12:31:07pm

I have found my Spirit Animal:

20 jaunte  Jun 11, 2015 12:31:46pm

re: #19 Kragar

I’m looking for some clamps to keep him out of my garbage cans.

21 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 12:31:58pm
22 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 12:33:26pm

I don’t necessarily hold with suspension for Saying Dumb Things on Twitter, but this has direct relevance to her teaching competence.

(All the kids at the pool party were doing is Swimming While Black, as we know — they should segregate the woman who called 911.)

23 klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jun 11, 2015 12:35:10pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

Note how it doesn’t say “Fired” or “Terminated”.

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

24 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 11, 2015 12:37:59pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

This is my suspicion as well.

25 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 12:39:10pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

Union rules probably forbid reassigning her to clean the restrooms, which should happen.

26 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 12:39:16pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

As long as she’s no longer in a classroom with authority over young impressionable kids, I call it a victory and applaud the school district’s actions and clear statement.

27 Bubblehead II  Jun 11, 2015 12:39:34pm

re: #22 Snarknado!

I don’t necessarily hold with suspension for Saying Dumb Things on Twitter, but this has direct relevance to her teaching competence.

(All the kids at the pool party were doing is Swimming While Black, as we know — they should segregate the woman who called 911.)

The company I work for has a pretty straight forward policy regarding social media. If you do or say anything that reflects badly on the company, your toast. I have to sign a form every year acknowledging this policy.

28 Ace-o-aces  Jun 11, 2015 12:40:21pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

I got fired from a job once, and it was downright comical the lengths the corporate drone they sent down to do took to avoided the words “fired” or “laid off”.

29 Targetpractice  Jun 11, 2015 12:40:36pm

re: #19 Kragar

I have found my Spirit Animal:

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You spirit animal is Rocket?

30 Dr Lizardo  Jun 11, 2015 12:40:38pm

And…..boom.

Just wait and see; the GoFundMe account, the usual suspects derping about FREEDUM OF SPEACH!!, the RW punditocracy and outraged conservatives reactionary bigots are just around the corner, all waiting to lend their swivel-eyed support to Karen Fitzgibbons.

It’s a predictable as the Sun rising in the East.

I suppose I can be the first to welcome her to the Wonderful Wingnut Gravy Train. Aaaaal aboooooooard!!

*smh*

31 aagcobb  Jun 11, 2015 12:41:34pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

That would be true here in Kentucky, where she would be entitled to a hearing in front of a tribunal. I don’t know about Texas.

32 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jun 11, 2015 12:41:38pm

I wonder how the loving Patriot American Christians at Free Republic are handling this?

/

33 Ace-o-aces  Jun 11, 2015 12:42:18pm
34 Jebediah, RBG  Jun 11, 2015 12:43:06pm

re: #3 aagcobb

Here’s somebody with a groovy nym addressing that…

35 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 12:43:15pm

re: #27 Bubblehead II

The company I work for has a pretty straight forward policy regarding social media. If you do or say anything that reflects badly on the company, your toast. I have to sign a form every year acknowledging this policy.

“Reflects badly on the company” is such a fluid category… it’s why we need unions. (And I STILL don’t hold with suspension for STDoT.)

36 Jenner7  Jun 11, 2015 12:43:26pm

I was told on the radio that it’s the new “McCarthyism” to get people fired for someone practicing free speech.

I then laughed and changed the station.

37 Jenner7  Jun 11, 2015 12:51:18pm

Ha!

38 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 12:51:31pm

re: #36 Jenner7

I was told on the radio that it’s the new “McCarthyism” to get people fired for someone practicing free speech.

I then laughed and changed the station.

She can spew all the bile from her trap as she wants to. Just not in a room full of kids on the taxpayers dime. Consequences: not just for kids back-talking teachers.

39 Bubblehead II  Jun 11, 2015 12:52:00pm

re: #35 Snarknado!

“Reflects badly on the company” is such a fluid category… it’s why we need unions. (And I STILL don’t hold with suspension for STDoT.)

Reflects badly generally refers to any negative media exposure you might bring to the company. As for the suspension, if she signed a form/agreement that’s anything like I do, then she knew the potential consequences of her action.

40 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 12:53:45pm

re: #39 Bubblehead II

Reflects badly generally refers to any negative media exposure you might bring to the company. As for the suspension, if she signed a form/agreement that’s anything like I do, then she knew the potential consequences of her action.

She even said “bring it on!” So they did.

41 Dr Lizardo  Jun 11, 2015 12:53:49pm

re: #33 Ace-o-aces

Oh, that’s a popular conspiracy theory in the MidEast. The theory goes that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is, in reality, an actor (and MOSSAD agent!) named Shimon Eliot. That CT first popped up about a year ago or so. I don’t know where it originated, though. The story goes that that info was part of the docs that Snowden pilfered when he hightailed it outta the US, but there’s been nothing to back up that claim.

42 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 12:55:40pm

re: #39 Bubblehead II

Reflects badly generally refers to any negative media exposure you might bring to the company. As for the suspension, if she signed a form/agreement that’s anything like I do, then she knew the potential consequences of her action.

If she didn’t know better, she’s too stupid to teach. if she knew, but it was so important to her to say it, she’s too stupid to teach.

I believe all racism is stupid, and that some racist acts are evil.

43 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 12:56:15pm

This is the Wild West of “cab” service when this happens:

“In January, Ducey stopped state regulators from citing ride-hailing drivers for violating regulations requiring commercial insurance and licenses. He said the policy wasn’t working and was hampering job creation.”

44 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 11, 2015 12:56:33pm

re: #23 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Assuming that teachers unions are still a thing even in Texas, there are probably procedures that have to be followed. Likely she can more easily be relieved of teaching duties; actually losing the job may take more time.

Just my thought, anyway.

I expect part of the response is going to be “Hurr Hurr Hurr, where is the teachers’ union threatening to strike over her getting fired!1!!1”

45 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 12:58:54pm

Union reports hackers stole Social Security numbers, personal data on every US federal employee in data breach - @AP
end of alert

46 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 12:59:03pm

WHO advice for avoiding MERS. Among other things:

Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

47 Drive By Commenter  Jun 11, 2015 1:00:36pm

re: #46 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

WHO advice for avoiding MERS. Among other things:

Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

Done.

48 Dr Lizardo  Jun 11, 2015 1:00:53pm

re: #45 Justanotherhuman

Union reports hackers stole Social Security numbers, personal data on every US federal employee in data breach - @AP
end of alert

Holy shit. That’s a major - nay, gargantuan - security breach.

49 jaunte  Jun 11, 2015 1:02:39pm

re: #46 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

*crosses off new Gatorade flavor from list*

50 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:02:40pm

re: #48 Dr Lizardo

Yeah, what was that number? Over 6M employees of the Federal govt?

51 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:03:01pm

re: #39 Bubblehead II

Reflects badly generally refers to any negative media exposure you might bring to the company. As for the suspension, if she signed a form/agreement that’s anything like I do, then she knew the potential consequences of her action.

Granted on all points, and I still don’t like it.

Edit: and I already said this one SHOULD be fired, I’m speaking of the general case.

52 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:03:20pm

re: #46 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

WHO advice for avoiding MERS. Among other things:

And don’t smoke Camels, either.

53 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 1:03:45pm

re: #49 jaunte

*crosses off new Gatorade flavor from list*

I thought that was the “Original” flavor.

54 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 1:04:29pm

re: #51 Snarknado!

Granted on all points, and I still don’t like it.

She demonstrated in public that she is unfit for her job. I think it goes beyond ‘said something stupid.’

55 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:05:04pm

re: #54 wrenchwench

(see my edit…)

56 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:06:03pm

re: #54 wrenchwench

She demonstrated in public that she is unfit for her job. I think it goes beyond ‘said something stupid.’

That attitude colors her entire treatment of Black students.

57 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 1:08:34pm

re: #54 wrenchwench

She demonstrated in public that she is unfit for her job. I think it goes beyond ‘said something stupid.’

The same thoughts would be no reason to fire a sheet-metal worker, for instance, but depending on your position, certain thoughts do rise to the level of Thoughtcrime—for that position. The only penalty should be removal from that position, but really, all you have to do is keep these thoughts to yourself. Why is that so hard?

58 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 1:08:45pm

re: #56 Justanotherhuman

That attitude colors her entire treatment of Black students.

If only we could scrutinize each candidate’s entire set of beliefs before they were hired, to ensure fairness for all students.

59 Drive By Commenter  Jun 11, 2015 1:09:04pm

re: #47 Drive By Commenter

Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.

Done.

I bet that totally screwed up some happy hours somewhere.

60 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:10:58pm

re: #59 Drive By Commenter

I bet that totally screwed up some happy hours somewhere.

Yes, I hear that camel piss is an important ingredient of Australian beer.

/runs

61 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 1:11:32pm

re: #56 Justanotherhuman

That attitude colors her entire treatment of Black students.

I think it colors more than that. What she said was vicious and without restraint. I wouldn’t trust her to treat a white kid without abuse if the kid crossed her in any way. She seems unable to edit her utterances.

62 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 11, 2015 1:12:23pm

re: #61 allegro

I think it colors more than that. What she said was vicious and without restraint. I wouldn’t trust her to treat a white kid without abuse if the kid crossed her in any way. She seems unable to edit her utterances.

Barrel rolls bring out the worst in some people.

63 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 1:12:31pm
64 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:12:40pm

re: #43 Justanotherhuman

BTW, if your personal auto ins carrier finds out you’re using your vehicle in a commercial enterprise, they’ll cancel your coverage. A lot of states also require special drivers licenses to drive cabs as well or pay a fee to drive a cab.

Those libertarians who run Uber aren’t taking any risks—the drivers and customers are.

Libertarians spoil everything.

65 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:13:40pm

And the grift continues. That GoFundMe account asking for $10 million? Hackers, he says. He also claims his Facebook account was hacked.

So this asshole is whining (to the media) about how awful being in the media spotlight is and how much danger his family is supposedly in. All this while planning another “free speech” rally on June 27 in Charleston, SC. He announced it on his Facebook, naturally.

66 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:13:52pm

re: #58 wrenchwench

If only we could scrutinize each candidate’s entire set of beliefs before they were hired, to ensure fairness for all students.

People lie all the time to get jobs. Only when this kind of thing happens does the truth come out.

67 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 1:14:12pm

re: #64 Justanotherhuman

BTW, if your personal auto ins carrier finds out you’re using your vehicle in a commercial enterprise, they’ll cancel your coverage. A lot of states also require special drivers licenses to drive cabs as well or pay a fee to drive a cab.

Those libertarians who run Uber aren’t taking any risks—the drivers and customers are.

Libertarians spoil everything.

Thought “Gypsy cabs” were a thing of the past, dincha?

68 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:14:26pm

re: #61 allegro

I think it colors more than that. What she said was vicious and without restraint. I wouldn’t trust her to treat a white kid without abuse if the kid crossed her in any way. She seems unable to edit her utterances.

Never mind vicious, if she regards blacks as the problem in this case, she’s too stupid to be trusted with children (not to mention bigoted).

69 makeitstop  Jun 11, 2015 1:16:52pm

re: #65 CuriousLurker

And the grift continues. That GoFundMe account asking for $10 million? Hackers, he says. He also claims his Facebook account was hacked.

SO this asshole is whining (to the media) about how awful being in the media spotlight is and how much danger his family is supposedly in. All this while planning another “free speech” rally on June 27 in Charleston, SC. He announced it on his Facebook, naturally.

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I guess he’ll be walking to that one.
/

70 jaunte  Jun 11, 2015 1:16:58pm

re: #64 Justanotherhuman

Those libertarians who run Uber aren’t taking any risks—the drivers and customers are.

They’re building themselves a swanky new hq:

”..Of course, the new HQ—where the employees from Uber’s smattering of Market Street leases will join forces—is slated for office types only. Uber drivers, by contrast, register and receive training at off-site “partner support centers,” an awfully bleak-sounding name.”
sf.curbed.com

71 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 1:17:38pm

re: #69 makeitstop

I guess he’ll be walking to that one.
/

Calling uber.

72 makeitstop  Jun 11, 2015 1:18:00pm

re: #71 allegro

Calling uber.

Touche! :)

73 Kragar  Jun 11, 2015 1:19:30pm
74 allegro  Jun 11, 2015 1:19:47pm

re: #72 makeitstop

Touche! :)

:D

75 Charles Johnson  Jun 11, 2015 1:20:50pm
76 Mike Lamb  Jun 11, 2015 1:21:02pm

I’m hoping that she was trying to give the school district a reason to fire her, because otherwise she’s both bigoted and dumber than hammered whale shit.

77 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 1:22:52pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

“Jack” from Jack-in-the-Box? Gutsy move!

78 Justanotherhuman  Jun 11, 2015 1:23:13pm
79 William Lewis  Jun 11, 2015 1:23:15pm

re: #76 Mike Lamb

I’m hoping that she was trying to give the school district a reason to fire her, because otherwise she’s both bigoted and dumber than hammered whale shit.

To quote Foghorn Leghorn, that gal’s as sharp as a bowling ball…

80 Bubblehead II  Jun 11, 2015 1:23:41pm

re: #57 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

The same thoughts would be no reason to fire a sheet-metal worker, for instance, but depending on your position, certain thoughts do rise to the level of Thoughtcrime—for that position. The only penalty should be removal from that position, but really, all you have to do is keep these thoughts to yourself. Why is that so hard?

Bzzzzt. Wrong. Again, the agreement I signed clearly states if I say or do anything on social media that reflects badly (negative media exposure) on the company, I can and most likely would be terminated. I can understand this. They have their brand to protect. If I were to spout off with a bunch of racist, homophobic b.s. on social media and it was revealed that I worked for company X and they did nothing about it, what do you think it would do to their brand?

I do agree with your last two sentences though.

81 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:23:53pm

re: #63 wrenchwench

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Wow, they’re tiny little things: M 20-25 mm, F 30-34 mm

Here’s how they sound:

MP3 Audio

82 gwangung  Jun 11, 2015 1:24:18pm

re: #76 Mike Lamb

I’m hoping that she was trying to give the school district a reason to fire her, because otherwise she’s both bigoted and dumber than hammered whale shit.

I dunno about calling about firing her, but I certainly have no problem with shaming her and having her virtually wear her statement 24/7 until she works her karma off….

83 Charles Johnson  Jun 11, 2015 1:24:28pm
84 BeachDem  Jun 11, 2015 1:26:03pm

re: #65 CuriousLurker

And the grift continues. That GoFundMe account asking for $10 million? Hackers, he says. He also claims his Facebook account was hacked.

So this asshole is whining (to the media) about how awful being in the media spotlight is and how much danger his family is supposedly in. All this while planning another “free speech” rally on June 27 in Charleston, SC. He announced it on his Facebook, naturally.

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As if we don’t have enough homegrown loon in SC—yeah, let’s import one from AZ. Spit.

85 Kragar  Jun 11, 2015 1:26:57pm
86 Targetpractice  Jun 11, 2015 1:27:00pm

re: #73 Kragar

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Cue the screeching from the “pro-cop” crowd about how the cop is being “railroaded.”

87 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:28:01pm

re: #75 Charles Johnson

Hmm…I guess we’ll see what happens: Jack Dorsey

I wonder if you-know-who will claim credit for Costolo stepping down. LOL

88 Nyet  Jun 11, 2015 1:31:49pm
, Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin

Um, how is that a defense?

89 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:32:24pm

Okay, now this housefly is just fucking with me. It came and landed right on the damned fly swatter.

90 BeachDem  Jun 11, 2015 1:35:14pm

re: #87 CuriousLurker

Hmm…I guess we’ll see what happens: Jack Dorsey

I wonder if you-know-who will claim credit for Costolo stepping down. LOL

Don’t think so, because they’ve been all verklempt about Jack Dorsey being friends with Deray, so it would be a step backward for their “cause.”

(Disclaimer: this analysis assumes a tiny bit of rational thought on the part of upchuck and company—which, unfortunately, assumes facts not in evidence.)

91 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 1:35:24pm
92 Nyet  Jun 11, 2015 1:35:25pm

OK, quick question: how do I finish the magic golem in ToB? I use fists till it falls down in the near death state but then it jumps up instead of dying. (No normal weapons.)

93 Bubblehead II  Jun 11, 2015 1:35:34pm

re: #89 CuriousLurker

Okay, now this housefly is just fucking with me. It came and landed right on the damned fly swatter.

Should have had one of these.

94 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:36:05pm

re: #90 BeachDem

Don’t think so, because they’ve been all verklempt about Jack Dorsey being friends with Deray, so it would be a step backward for their “cause.”

(Disclaimer: this analysis assumes a tiny bit of rational thought on the part of upchuck and company—which, unfortunately, assumes facts not in evidence.)

Ah, okay, I wasn’t aware of that.

95 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 11, 2015 1:36:16pm

Cranes building more cranes at the new Comcast Tower site. I expect the first tripod mobile oppression unit to emerge from the hole shortly.

96 Aunty Entity Dragon  Jun 11, 2015 1:36:51pm

re: #64 Justanotherhuman

BTW, if your personal auto ins carrier finds out you’re using your vehicle in a commercial enterprise, they’ll cancel your coverage. A lot of states also require special drivers licenses to drive cabs as well or pay a fee to drive a cab.

Those libertarians who run Uber aren’t taking any risks—the drivers and customers are.

Libertarians spoil everything.

The limo liscense requirement often seems to be contingent on drivers actually picking up passengers of opportunity, and uber forbids that. You can ony pick up the party that uses the app. *disclaimer* I have been driving for uber for a month and it has saved our family on some bills. The money isn’t fantastic in a small market like Greensboro, but it is enought to make a difference in our budget and if I am having a bad pain day or have a social function to go to…no problem. I sign in to drive only when I feel like it.

97 Iwouldprefernotto  Jun 11, 2015 1:38:10pm

I think we should nominate CCJ to be the next CEO of Twitter. He could reinstate himself on day one

98 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:39:07pm

re: #93 Bubblehead II

Should have had one of these.

Heh, the guys at the hardware store tried to sell me one of those. Guess I should’ve listened to them because this one is a cagey little asshole.

99 Targetpractice  Jun 11, 2015 1:40:28pm

What’s got me a bit confused is that, now that the judge has ruled that there’s probable cause to charge the two cops in Tamir Rice’s death, does the case get assigned a new prosecutor? Or does it stay with the prosecutor who was wanting to take it to a grand jury?

100 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 11, 2015 1:40:33pm

re: #98 CuriousLurker

Heh, the guys at the hardware store tried to sell me one of those. Guess I should’ve listened to them because this one is a cagey little asshole.

Surprised the feline overlords are not stalking them. That’s what they do here at night when the light in the room draws the small bugs to fly around it.

101 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:40:42pm

re: #88 Nyet

Um, how is that a defense?

Because SHUT UP, that’s how!!11!

102 BeachDem  Jun 11, 2015 1:41:12pm

re: #94 CuriousLurker

Ah, okay I wasn’t aware of that.

I only figured it out looking at Shannon’s timeline.

And I only did that because I was on hold with TWC and needed something to keep me awake.

103 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:42:39pm

re: #92 Nyet

OK, quick question: how do I finish the magic golem in ToB? I use fists till it falls down in the near death state but then it jumps up instead of dying. (No normal weapons.)

sorcerers.net

(But having read the spoiler, I think you should consider your assumptions before reading it.)

104 ObserverArt  Jun 11, 2015 1:43:29pm

re: #65 CuriousLurker

And the grift continues. That GoFundMe account asking for $10 million? Hackers, he says. He also claims his Facebook account was hacked.

So this asshole is whining (to the media) about how awful being in the media spotlight is and how much danger his family is supposedly in. All this while planning another “free speech” rally on June 27 in Charleston, SC. He announced it on his Facebook, naturally.

[Embedded content]

I get the feeling this fool studied the Joe the Plumber game plan and said, hey I can do something like that.

By the way, where has good ol’ Joe been lately? Hopefully nowhere.

105 Eventual Carrion  Jun 11, 2015 1:44:07pm

re: #6 Eclectic Cyborg

Note how it doesn’t say “Fired” or “Terminated”.

True, maybe she will just shift to guidance counselor or community outreach liaison.

106 Kragar  Jun 11, 2015 1:44:42pm
107 wrenchwench  Jun 11, 2015 1:45:09pm

re: #81 CuriousLurker

Wow, they’re tiny little things: M 20-25 mm, F 30-34 mm

Here’s how they sound:

[Embedded content]

They are as much fun to listen to as they are to look at! This is the second one I posted:

MP3 Audio

108 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jun 11, 2015 1:45:17pm

re: #106 Kragar

Obama to take over Internet!!!!11

109 Nyet  Jun 11, 2015 1:47:19pm

re: #103 Snarknado!

I have read the thread before asking. I was hoping there was a way without the normal weapons. I don’t see why metal would finish the creature, but a fist would not ;)

110 Targetpractice  Jun 11, 2015 1:47:45pm

Good times.

111 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 11, 2015 1:48:08pm

An irony to this: The Frenship Independent School District has NEVER been segregated. Back in the 50s and 60s it was a small rural district and like many such districts in those days it just did not have the resources or the inclination to segregate the few non-white students.

112 GlutenFreeJesus  Jun 11, 2015 1:54:11pm

re: #73 Kragar

In which a jury trial will be stacked/tainted and cop gets off scott free.

113 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 1:54:29pm

re: #107 wrenchwench

They are as much fun to listen to as they are to look at! This is the second one I posted:

[Embedded content]

Followed that guy and added him to my Negativity Antidotes list, which has tweets like this—ZOMG the cute—on it:

114 Snarknado!  Jun 11, 2015 1:59:38pm

re: #109 Nyet

Sorry, I thought you were saying “no normal weapons,” meaning that was the rule you thought had to be followed.

115 CuriousLurker  Jun 11, 2015 2:02:01pm

re: #113 CuriousLurker

Okay, new thread, but still—I was trying to verify if those were baby foxes. They are, and then I saw this. Squeeeeee!

116 Nyet  Jun 11, 2015 2:08:19pm

re: #114 Snarknado!

Nah, I know from Elminster’s book that they can’t be harmed by magical weapons. I thought fists would do the job and was surprised when they didn’t. I suppose they don’t count as “weapons”.

117 Jay C  Jun 11, 2015 3:17:29pm

re: #46 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

WHO advice for avoiding MERS. Among other things:

Great: but what do I do with all the camel urine I’ve already got? DO I have to throw it out, or is there a “sell-by-date” restriction?

118 majii  Jun 11, 2015 4:09:24pm

Having taught in public high schools for 33 years, I can say without a doubt that Fitzgibbons had no business teaching in any school. I had students of every race, socioeconomic class, sex, sexual orientation, etc, and I thought they were all deserving of the best education they could receive.

A few years before I retired, I had a white female student who came to the school to do some substitute teaching. I remembered her, but I had no idea of the impact I had had on her until she showed up in my classroom one day after classes ended. She told me she’d married, her “preacher” husband had been very abusive to her and their kids, so she divorced him and decided to go to college. One of her professors had asked why she’d decided to go to college at her age, and she told him what I’d told her and my other students years before—-that they could do whatever they wanted to do if they were willing to invest the time and effort into it. It brought tears to my eyes because I had no idea that she, or any of the other students, understood what I was trying to tell them.

Now, as many of you know, I’m a black female. If I’d had the same attitude toward some of my students that Karen Fitzgibbons appears to have toward some of hers, this former student would not have come back to the school to credit me with making a difference in her life. No way this would have happened. The young lady is now in medical school and doing well, and I’m very proud of her. Teachers should be in the business of building students’ self-esteem, and not in the business of telling them they can’t be successful because of who they are, their race, their parents, or their adverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Stereotyping and scapegoating should not be something any teacher engages in, whether s/he teaches in a public/private school.

I think the Frenship ISD made the right call in firing Karen Fitzgibbons, but I think the district should expect her to file a lawsuit. I can imagine Fitzgibbons is very upset at losing her job, but she has only herself to blame. She permitted her emotions to outweigh her commonsense and went to a public forum to reveal her true feelings about black kids, lumped them all in the same category, and let her hatred of them fly, unfettered.

She might be able to get some assistance with her lawsuit, if she’s a NEA or AFT member, but something tells me she may not be affiliated with these organizations because in some states, they’re considered to be unions. If Fitzgibbons is a right-winger, I can’t see her wanting to have anything to do with a union, so she’s probably not a member of either organization. If not, she can expect zero support from either organization if she files a lawsuit against FISD. Although I was a teacher in GA, and GA is a right-to-work state, I was a member of NEA because I knew the organization would help pay the costs of a lawsuit if I ever needed it to. Thankfully, I never needed those services.

119 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge  Jun 11, 2015 4:15:59pm

re: #118 majii

People misuse this sentence so much that I hope you won’t mind me saying: “Thank you for your service.”

120 TedStriker  Jun 11, 2015 4:22:50pm

re: #25 wrenchwench

Union rules probably forbid reassigning her to clean the restrooms, which should happen.

Or being transferred to the cafeteria.

121 TedStriker  Jun 11, 2015 4:32:15pm

re: #60 Snarknado!

Yes, I hear that camel piss is an important ingredient of Australian beer.

/runs

Kangaroo piss, not camel piss.

///

122 TedStriker  Jun 11, 2015 4:34:25pm

re: #79 William Lewis

To quote Foghorn Leghorn, that gal’s as sharp as a bowling ball…

As sharp as a bag of wet mice…

123 Jebediah, RBG  Jun 11, 2015 4:43:11pm

re: #118 majii

The young lady is now in medical school and doing well, and I’m very proud of her.

You should be proud of her, and you should be quite proud of yourself, too - and there are certainly many more of your former students that you have had that kind of an impact on - but you probably won’t end up knowing about all of them.

124 unproven innocence  Jun 11, 2015 4:52:26pm

re: #83 Charles Johnson

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OPM kicks off IT modernization
Mar. 11, 2014

Headline alone screams “Houston, we have a problem.”

125 wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Jun 11, 2015 5:46:34pm

re: #118 majii

Teachers should be in the business of building students’ self-esteem, and not in the business of telling them they can’t be successful because of who they are, their race, their parents, or their adverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Stereotyping and scapegoating should not be something any teacher engages in, whether s/he teaches in a public/private school.

This.

But in China, it’s very common for teachers to openly criticize and/or marginalize students in very harsh ways. My college students have many horror stories to share with me. It’s like Tiger Mom/Eagle Dad, but much worse. I suppose the belief is harsh criticism will inspire the kid to work harder, just to avoid further losing face.

I had an English training school teacher visit my class the other day. Three of my students gave impromptu talks on different subjects. Two of them rarely speak in class, and did only a so-so job. The third had some hesitation, but talked for about four minutes.

This visiting teacher had the gall to tell me during break time that all three students had very poor English, and should not have come to the front of the class so unprepared. I could have smacked her.

She doesn’t know my students as well as I do.


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