White Louisiana high school secretary is forced out after she sent colleague racist text referring to MLK Jr Day as ‘n****r day’
- Ouachita Parish Jr. High School secretary Nelwyn Fontana resigned last week
- Her resignation came after a racist text exchange with a colleague emerged
- The texts to the school’s ‘coach’ refer to Martin Luther King Jr. Day as ‘n***** day’
- Ouachita Parish Jr. High School confirmed the text exchange was ‘real’
- Community members and parents claim racism is ‘systemic’ at the school
- They’re pleading for ‘more to be done’ following the shocking incident
In a Facebook post on Monday, Walter Geno McLaughlin, who describes himself as an artist, activist and organizer, shared a video revealing an image of former Ouachita Parish Junior High School secretary Nelwyn Fontana alongside a screenshot of her alleged texts.
The messages sent to a person referred to as ‘coach’ refer to MLK day, which celebrates the Civil Rights activist who protested racial discrimination, as ‘n***** day’ and also refer to Luther King Jr. as ‘Mark.’
Fontana has been slammed online by parents of children at the school and community members. Following her departure late last week, the school, which confirmed to KTVE the messages were real, said they ‘do not condone any racism.’
A white secretary at a high school in Louisiana has been forced to abruptly quit her job after making racist comments about Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK) in a text conversation with a colleague
Former Ouachita Parish Junior High School secretary Nelwyn Fontana has been slammed online by parents of children at the school and community members. Following her departure late last week, the school, confirmed the messages were real and said they ‘do not condone any racism’
‘Nelwyn Fontana is office secretary at Ouachita Jr High in Monroe, LA and took time on this #MLKDay to let us know how she really feels about honoring Dr. King,’ McLaughlin wrote in the post shared to Facebook.
‘What she didn’t realize is that she accidentally sent her hate filled message to the wrong person.’
McLaughlin continued: ‘These are the type of people we entrust to educate our children. …From what I understand the school district allowed her to resign but there are many who feel like she should’ve been terminated.’
In the screenshot of the message, Fontana informed the coach about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
‘N***** day lol mark Luther king,’ she wrote, according to the screenshot.
‘Huh? Say what? Where that come from,’ the other person responded.
‘Remind your play[ers] Sunday [we’re] off Monday. For Mark Luther King Day Monday,’ Fontana continued, appearing to confuse King Jr.’s first name.
In a letter released on Monday to parents, Principal Darren Wheeler confirmed the secretary’s departure.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Walter Geno McLaughlin, who describes himself as an artist, activist and organizer, shared a video revealing an image of former Ouachita Parish Junior High School secretary Nelwyn Fontana alongside a screenshot of her alleged texts
‘Unfortunately, on Friday evening, a text message which contained a racial slur from an employee was brought to our attention,’ the principal wrote.
‘That employee is no longer employed by the Ouachita Parish School System. We do not condone any racism in our schools and community.’
Another Facebook user said: ‘When you are trying to be hateful and send the text to the wrong person. Ouachita Junior High School, Monroe, LA. #noplaceforracist’
A woman from Monroe, Louisiana, also posted the exchange on Facebook and said: ‘God is exposing some folks. This is [Nelwyn] Fontana @ Ouachita Jr. High.’
Her Facebook post received nearly 700 comments, over 500 reactions, and more than a thousand shares.
Community members were also quick to comment about wider racial issues at the school, with many believing the secretary should have been immediately fired instead of being allowed to resign.
‘Anybody actually from Ouachita.. and grew up in that system.. we’re not shocked… lol.. we grew up in that shit,’ someone commented under the post.
‘How you get fired on your day off though,’ another wrote.
One parent of a Black student at Ouachita Junior High who wished to remain anonymous told The Daily Beast their child has dealt with discrimination from teachers.
‘It’s been one thing after the other with this school,’ the parent said.
Fontana has deleted her social media presence since her departure from the school.
DailyMail.com has contacted Principal Darren Wheeler for comment.