Parkside Elementary , Naples Fla. a teacher by the name of Veronica Fleming was asked to resign after her social media post that offended other teachers as well as parents. The post said “The funny thing 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!!” NBC 2 news reported that 70 percent of the school is Latino and 20 percent is Haitian. One mother named Gabriella Marquez, mother of 2 children who attend Parkside Elementary, said she couldn’t seem to understand why something like this would be said in regards to a whole school full of Latinos. “I would consider it racist.” said Ms.Marquez. Another parent Juana Perez was also offended by this post. “ I don’t ask for any, I pay for school, my daughter’s lunch, I pay for her insurance.” Said Perez. “How could she give, like, education to these kids, knowing that she has so much hate , I thought she was a good teacher but I guess not?” Flemming was a computer lab instructor and instructional review teacher. Other teachers as well as parents never expected this from this teacher. She was known to be a very good person as well as teacher but this made others think differently of her.
Parents made an online petition to have this teacher fired. About 1,600 people signed the petition on Feb.16. Administration transferred her to administrative duties at the headquarters of the Collier County Public Schools. After the controversy broke out, she removed her post off social media and refused to answer questions or comment to news media.
Being 100% Latina myself I do find this social media post very offensive. These children are innocent and I’m very sure that these children know very little to nothing about immigration or massive deportation going on in the U.S right now. In my opinion it was very racist and unkind of this teacher to post a such thing like this in regards to her minority students.