The parents ask that the principal of an elementary school be dismissed after calling the former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick & # 39; thug & # 39; in a Facebook post that many considered racist.
In a recent publication, Roni Burns-Ellis was concerned about Nike's controversial 30th anniversary campaign, which showed the 30-year-old athlete writing that she would no longer support the company.
When he posted a photo of a cut Nike shirt, Burns-Ellis, he wrote: "My newest cloth! When Nike signs an anti-American bully to represent your brand, I will not support, use, buy or support your product. Goodbye, Nike.
The message was posted on Burns-Ellis' personal Facebook page and quickly caught the attention of outraged parents who started a petition by calling J.H. McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach to dismiss the principal.
Burns-Ellis shared a photo of a cut Nike shirt that said he would not support the brand because his new ad features Kaepernick, whom he called "an anti-American bully."
Parents want J.H. The director of McGaugh Elementary School, Roni Burns-Ellis, will be fired after a Facebook post that many say is racist
"As our country was divided and the insults and hatred normalized, we were especially discouraged by your comment on Facebook yesterday," the petition said. We can disagree, but we hope that our leaders of the Los Alamitos School always act with civility, treat each other with respect and do not engage in insults. Our children see teachers and directors as a beacon of moral character. "
Nike recently presented its new advertising campaign & # 39; Just Do It & # 39; with Kaepernick
"We hope our school leaders will act responsibly and walk with kindness as they guide our children with their actions," he continued.
More than 2,300 people have signed the petition since it was launched on Tuesday, and the comments section was filled with messages from parents attacking Burns-Ellis.
One of the parents wrote that the director's Facebook post made it obvious that she has "racist views on blacks" because she referred to Kaepernick, who is black, as a bully.
"He is not a gangster, a criminal or a bully," the father wrote. "The leaders who teach children to stereotype any group, as this director did, have no business to guide our teachers, the community, and especially our children." I implore our school board to release Ms. Burns-Ellis of her duties immediately, she's not fit to drive, period.
Another parent posted on the school's Facebook page that Burns-Ellis needs to lose his job.
"Now, I want to know, do you honestly think that this woman could give fair treatment to black students?" I'm curious, would you trust your children under her care? Would you trust her to set a good example to all students about how to treat others equally? I think not, which for me means that I should lose my job.
Colin Kaepernick (front) knelt during the execution of the national anthem to protest the police brutality in the country and racial inequality
Burns-Ellis apologized saying he regrets using the word & # 39; bully & # 39; to describe Kaepernick
Another commentator wrote "Bully is the key word among racists."
"They really want to use the word N so they settled for the bully," the father wrote.
Some people have reached the defense of Burns-Ellis. Father William Haughland told KABC that he believes Kaepernick did not respect the military and the nation by kneeling during the national anthem.
& # 39; I agree with her. Everything she has done. I mean Colin Kaepernick, he's disrespectful to the military, he disrespected this nation by simply kneeling during the anthem. You do not do that. That is disrespectful, "he said.
Burns-Ellis issued an apology saying he did not want to offend anyone and regretted using the word bully.
The elementary school said in a statement that they "care deeply about all the students and want them to thrive in a diverse society".
School superintendent Sherry Kropp also responded to the reaction by writing in a statement: "We must always be aware of addressing differences respectfully and of the use and impact of social networks. I understand that what someone writes publicly is reflected in us. and it can damage the good work we are doing, we care deeply for all the students and we want them to thrive in a diverse society. "
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback received praise and criticism for refusing to stand during the game of The Star-Spangled Banner. Kaepernick knelt to protest against police brutality in the country and racial inequality.
Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 2017. Nike recently presented his new advertising campaign & # 39; Just Do It & # 39; with Kaepernick. The campaign has been praised and strongly criticized.