Kelly Forostiak, a 24-year-old White Maryland school teacher, should have reconsidered before posting several degrading, racist images of her students on her private Instagram page.
Forostiak, an elementary school teacher at Deer Park Elementary School, was exposed after an undisclosed source sent the images to the Atlanta Black Star. The source alleged Forostiak constantly posts images of her students, using them as props.
One image shows a young Black boy dressed in a sombrero and a mustache. The caption reads: “This is an African-American Mexican #HappyHalloween.”
“When all the kids and staff are questioning your lipstick but you just flash the ‘bitch I’m cute AF’ face,” Forostiak wrote underneath a second image of a young Black girl wearing light makeup.
A third image shows Forostiak outside in a group photo with her students. “Field day with my little assholes that I somehow still love,” the caption read.
When Forostiak was taken to task by another commenter over her caption, she responded with, “It is okay they are 11 going on 18 hahaha.”
Her Instagram page has since been deleted, but community members are outraged and want to know what specific disciplinary action the Baltimore County School District intends to take.
Mic spoke with Mychael Dickerson, chief communications officer for Baltimore County Public Schools, who confirmed Forostiak received disciplinary action, but would not speak to what extent.
“She’s very regretful and sorry for having posted the image and she understands it was inappropriate,” Dickerson told Mic. “She is accepting the disciplinary action put forth by the human resources department.”
According to the Star, several Facebook users have called for Forostiak’s termination.