A teacher at an Illinois public school has resigned after a Facebook post calling for her to be fired was made public.
The post, which was made by a parent at the elementary school, said the teacher was not being paid for her work.
It was shared by a teacher who was fired in June.
A group of parents who attended the school have since organized a sit-in, demanding that the teacher be reinstated.
The sit-ins, which are being held in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, began on Sunday.
The parents said they are holding the sit-ups in solidarity with teachers at a private school in Michigan who were also fired over the same Facebook post.
A local ABC affiliate reported that the district said the posts were “inappropriate.”
The superintendent has not yet commented on the teacher’s resignation, but the Chicago Teachers Union is offering to donate $10,000 to the district.
The parent who made the post also said that the principal of the school who made her decision was the same person who fired her.
She said the principal made a decision that “satisfied her” and that the dismissal was because she was a “poor mother and a bad teacher.”
The parent told ABC that her son, a teacher, was fired because he had to spend more time at home than other students.
She told ABC the principal, who is a former teacher himself, told her, “I need to be a good teacher.
We need to do this right.”
She added that the school did not fire her son because she “didn’t want to pay for it.”
The sit in began Monday after the parent took to Facebook and wrote a message to the principal.
She wrote that she had spent more than a year teaching at the school and that she “couldn’t bear the thought” that the teachers union would be involved.
“As a parent who has spent so much time teaching my children, I know how hard it is for me to understand the school board, the principal and all of us,” the parent wrote.
“I know how the school staff and the students feel.
We are a diverse group and they don’t represent all of the students and the families.”
The principal’s decision to fire the teacher sparked outrage and a wave of online outrage.
In a Facebook Live video that went viral, the parent told her son that he was not going to be punished because the district had not terminated him.
“They’re trying to get this teacher fired for her Facebook post,” the student said.
“It’s really heartbreaking, and they’re trying hard to get it fired.”
In the video, the student added that he “would have to be at home all the time if I was a teacher.”
However, the superintendent later said in a statement that the “appropriate discipline” would not be based on whether or not the teacher has been paid for the hours she worked.
“At the time, we were not aware of the specific language referenced in the Facebook post and we took the appropriate actions in addressing it,” Superintendent Jennifer Ryan said.
She also said the district would not allow teachers to “impose their own opinions on students.”
“While we cannot and do not condone the actions of our employees, we are committed to creating a workplace that fosters respectful, responsible, and safe learning for all students,” Ryan added.
The Facebook post was made just days after a former Chicago public elementary school teacher, Michelle Bowers, was let go from that school.
She had been accused of sexual misconduct by students and other staff members.
Bowers resigned after the school district said it would not discipline her.
Her Facebook post has since been removed from her account.
Bower was the author of a post on the Facebook page for the district’s board of education, the Chicago Board of Education, which has jurisdiction over the district, which had been in receivership.
She later became a board member.
The Chicago Teachers’ Union, which is representing Bowers and many of the teachers who have been fired, has not commented on whether the teachers’ union would support the sit in.
Ryan said that if Bowers had been fired from her job at a public school, the district could have taken disciplinary action.
“We have a responsibility to make sure that our employees are safe,” Ryan said in the statement.
“There are many, many more examples of the safety of our children and the safety and well-being of the children and staff at our schools.”
A group called Teachers Against Violence Against Women (TAWAW) has also organized the sit ins in Chicago.
The group is calling for Bowers to be reinstated and for the Illinois State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to hold a special meeting to discuss the incident.
In the statement, TAWAW said that its members are not in favor of the sit downs.
“Our community needs to hear from educators, school officials, parents and teachers about the way we can support students who are dealing with trauma or violence