An elementary school employee in Ohio is under investigation after reacting to a photo of a black girl on Facebook by using a racial slur.
Rebecca Montgomery, a classroom aide at Miller Ridge Elementary, was placed on paid administrative leave after social media users reported her comments to the Middletown school, reported WXIX-TV.
“It was very, very, very racist,” said parent Courtnee Arnold.
Montgomery was apparently unable to stop herself from using a racial slur after seeing a photo of a young black girl with an illustration of Piglet, a Winnie the Pooh character, superimposed above her head.
“Stealing (this image) for my group since we already a tigger on a n*****,” Montgomery commented.
Another commenter replied to her remark with a photo of an African villager and a joke about AIDS.
Montgomery, who started as a substitute aide in 2011 and is now a classroom paraprofessional, assists special education teachers at the elementary school.
“It’s not right. It’s not right at all,” Arnold said. “I don’t mean to put needy kids on a pedestal, but they do need that extra love, that extra comfort, and from what she said, she’s not giving it."
School officials thanked parents for reporting the slur, which Montgomery's supporters blamed on hackers.
Montgomery told the TV station she has been advised not to comment on the matter, but she did insist she was "not racist" and "treats children equally."