A Florida school official is taking heat for sending an e-mail calling Tea Partiers “dangerous, radical hate mongers” who want to take the nation back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.
“These people hate Blacks,” the e-mail says. “They hate Latinos. They hate Gays. They hate Muslims and have made many anti-Semitic statements.”
The writer also urged people to vote Democratic, stating, “The Republican Party has been hijacked by dangerous, radical hate mongers called the ‘Tea Party.’”
A spokeswoman for the Duval County School District in Jacksonville, Fla., confirmed to Fox News Radio that the e-mail was sent by Cynthia Jones-Humphrey, a school employee. She is listed on a district directory as a technical manager in the community and family engagement department.
The spokeswoman said Jones-Humphrey was not the author of the e-mail but forwarded it to individuals on her distribution list from a school computer.
At this point, school officials are not sure how many people received the six-paragraph statement – but Jones-Humphrey had asked recipients to forward the e-mail to at least 15 people.
The school district said the e-mail violated its acceptable-use policy and the employee made an error in judgment.
“The comments in the e-mail are in no way a reflection of the Duval County Public Schools beliefs, mission, core values, policies and procedures, and we have taken steps to ensure this kind of unfortunate communication doesn’t happen again,” the district said in a written statement.
Local reports claim that the school district has handled the issue internally and "disciplined" the employee. The district did not disclose details to Fox News Radio, saying only that Jones-Humphrey is still employed with the system.
Jones-Humphrey did not return calls seeking a comment.
“We were offended,” Billie Tucker, director of the First Coast Tea Party, told Fox News Radio. “If you read the letter, you will see that if you don’t agree with her, then we’re racist, and that’s a terrible statement in America.”
Tucker noted that the emcee for their election night party was black, and three other African-Americans were featured speakers for the event. “I thought we had gotten past that.”
“The employee should be fired,” Jacksonville resident Linda Masci said. “You should never be allowed to use a taxpayer’s e-mail account to send out such vile and hate.”
The Democratic Party in Duval County declined to comment on the specific allegations in the e-mail.
“In every party there are people who have opinions that the whole organization may not necessarily agree with,” said Communications Director Billee Bussard. “You cannot paint the whole party based on what one person says.”