LA teacher loses job over anti-Semitic comments (Video)

Los Angeles school officials say a substitute teacher has lost her job after making anti-Semitic comments at an Occupy LA rally.

In a statement Tuesday, schools superintendent John Deasy condemned remarks made by Patricia McAllister at a protest rally last week.

In an Oct. 12 interview with Reason.com at a Los Angeles rally, McAllister said "Zionist Jews and the Federal Reserve" need to be run out of this country.

"I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government, they need to be run out of this country,” she said.

Deasy says that although freedom of speech is a protected right of public employees, the LAUSD can't set a good example for students while tolerating disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory behavior. McAllister worked as a day-to-day substitute teacher in the district.

Her comments got a lot of clicks after several popular bloggers, including Andrew Breitbart, posted the video. Education lawyer Mark Bresee says employee free speech protections are not absolute off the clock.

"If the content and message of that speech undermines the mission of the employer, and is such that runs completely counter to the mission of that particular employer, in this case a school district, then a district can take action," Bresee said.

At a protest at L.A. Unified, McAllister didn't back down from her video taped comments: "I did it on my time, had nothing to do with the district." "If they were able to do me that way, they'll be able to do you and anyone else, if you say the word, 'Jew.'"

Audio: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on the teacher firing.

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