Update December 30:
An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned after writing some really offensive and racist remarks on Facebook about the president and first lady.
The Malvern School District board unanimously voted to accept Trent Bennett’s resignation. He subsequently made a statement of apology, explaining that his comments were offensive and uncalled for.
"I would like to issue an apology for the outrage and hurt feelings caused by these comments," the statement reads. "I acknowledge that they were disrespectful and offensive. I am aware of the impact this has had, and though I negate that I have ever conducted myself in a less than professional manner in regard to my students, I have resigned my teaching position at Malvern High School. I have also removed my social media presence to prevent any future issues. I am unavailable for further statements or interviews, and humbly ask for everyone to respect the privacy of my family, friends, and former colleagues."
An Arkansas high school teacher allegedly wrote some extremely racist remarks on Facebook about the Obama family, and now his school district is looking into it.
KARK-TV is reporting that Trent Bennett, an instructor at Malvern High School, targeted the president by calling him a “spider monkey.” He then took aim at his wife, calling her “Michelle Obummer … America’s First Chimp” and referred to her as “a nasty chimp.”
The Malvern School District made a statement via Facebook on Monday (December 26), calling the alleged comments “inappropriate” and “insensitive.”
“In no way are these posts reflective of the District,” the statement read. “The District is currently investigating the matter and due to privacy laws and regulations are not able to comment specifically on any details related to the investigation. The District takes this kind of activity very seriously and the appropriate measures will be taken once the investigation is complete.”
“We’ve never had this problem before,” said Tabitha Hughes, a former student who graduated from Malvern in 1991, as told to KARK-TV. “I guess that’s why it’s disturbing to us.”
The Arkansas State Conference of the NCAAP is also looking into the alleged comments Bennett made. They called for his resignation if in-fact he did make the comments.
“There is no place in an educational system for someone in a public position of authority that is willing to publicly make the comments that you are alleged to have made,” President Rizelle Aaron said in an email. “If in fact you have made these racially charged comments, I respectfully request your immediate resignation from the Malvern Public School District.”
See KARK’s news package about Bennett’s Facebook comments here and view the school district’s statement below.