Racist bomb-painted messages on a fence outside a Metairie teacher’s home sparked controversy on social media and led the teachers’ school to fire her on Tuesday.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office treats the most offensive message – which read “# F ** k All N ***** s” in red paint – as the work of an unknown vandal. Someone had apparently lobbied the fence early Tuesday evening, hours after photos of it surfaced on social media.
Other posts reading “Life in Blue and White Matters Also” and “We All Count” stayed on the fence at the relatively busy corner of Green Acres Road and Camphor Street on Tuesday evening. These messages are not treated as vandalism because the teacher’s husband admitted to writing them, said the sheriff’s office.
The school where the teacher worked, Kehoe-France, announced Tuesday that she had dismissed her, but the officials did not identify her. However, Jefferson Parish property records indicated that the owner of the house was Carol Dritschel, who described herself on her Facebook page as a teacher from Kehoe-France from last year.
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Dritschel could not be reached for comment.
Photos of the spray-painted messages were all the rage on social media, and at least one resident of the teacher’s neighborhood contacted Kehoe-France, said school head Tanya Price. Price said the school immediately opened a disciplinary investigation, which resulted in the teacher’s dismissal.
“We conducted a quick internal investigation into the allegations against a Kehoe-France employee involved in a public demonstration involving a deeply disturbing and inexcusable racist speech,” said the school statement in part.
Although they do not contain profanity or racist insults, supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting racism and police brutality take offense at messages like the ones left on the fence at Dritschel’s home.
White supremacist groups began campaigning to popularize phrases like “White Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” almost immediately after the 2014 murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked the Black Lives movement Matter, according to the Anti-Defamation League. . Meanwhile, supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement argue that “Blue Lives Matter” undermines the attention paid to racism and equates the choice of entering a profession with the difficulties that blacks face because of their race.
A Facebook user called several photos to the media on Tuesday because she said they were close to where her friend’s biracial children play outside. When reached, this woman refused to comment on the matter. She said that her friend also didn’t want to speak.
Ultimately, Facebook users said someone should call Kehoe-France as it was listed as the owner’s employer on their Facebook page.
Price did not detail the results of his school’s internal investigation. But she said, “My priority is to make sure our community is one of equality (and) racial inclusion.
“We are maintaining our mission – racism is not one of them.”
The fence posts also prompted a visit to the sheriff’s office, which was investigating the alleged vandalism; and the parish property maintenance, zoning and quality of life department, which issued a nuisance quote, said a spokeswoman for the parish.
The sheriff’s office said it had no suspects in the alleged vandalism.
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