By Angela Wyatt Braden
A Baltimore fifth grade teacher is under fire for posting images of her students to Instagram, which can easily be construed as racially insensitive.
Kelly Forostiak, 24, is being swept up by a media storm because of several images and comments she posted to her private Instagram account. Someone, who found her images and comments offensive, took it upon themselves to report the posts to the Baltimore County Public Schools, where Forostiak is employed.
In one of the posts, Forostiak posted a photo of one of her BVlack students wearing a sombrero and a fake mustache. She captioned the photo, “An African American Mexican.”
In another post, Forostiak posted a photo of one of her African American female students. She captioned the post with, ““When all the kids and staff are questioning your lipstick as you flash the ‘B****, I’m cute AF’ face.’”
Perhaps the most offensive of all of her post is Forostiak referring to her students as “a$$h*les.” She posted a picture of the kids playing outside at a field day event and said, “Field day with my little a**holes that I somehow still love.”
When someone on her friend list called her out about her statement about the kids, she responded with, “It is okay they are 11 going on 18 hahaha.”
Mychael Dickerson, Chief Communication Officer for the Baltimore Public Schools called the posts irresponsible and offensive. He said that Forostiak has apologized and has received disciplinary actions for her posts, although he didn’t mention what the disciplinary actions were.
“She’s very regretful and sorry for having posted the image and she understands it was inappropriate,” Dickerson said. “She is accepting the disciplinary action put forth by the human resources department.”