Some parents of Brainerd School District students organized a rally calling for the firing of a Forestview teacher accused of posting racist comments on Facebook.
The rally is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the intersection of Washington and Sixth streets in Brainerd.
Kara Hall, a visual arts teacher at Forestview in Baxter, appeared to make the comments on a Facebook post by a former lakes area resident who detailed her experience taking part in protests following the death of African American man George Floyd, who died in police custody May 25. Hall’s comments blamed “creepy, destructive, violent blacks” for burning and looting businesses amid protests in Minneapolis-St. Paul and elsewhere.
Hall’s Facebook profile is no longer visible, and she did not respond to an email or voicemail from the Dispatch requesting comment.
The matter is under investigation by the school district and legal counsel from the Twin Cities, according to a statement released by Superintendent Laine Larson.
“Come rally and support swift action regarding Kara Hall’s racial statements on social media,” the organizers stated on the Facebook event created for the rally. “... Even though there is an open investigation we believe the community must come together to express that this is not acceptable behavior from someone with the ability to influence our children.”