A Texas teacher has been “suspended without pay pending discharge” after accusations that she sent racially charged tweets about the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, a representative for the Duncanville Independent School District said at a press conference.
Vinita Hegwood, a high school English teacher at Duncanville High School near Dallas, allegedly sent the tweets from her personal Twitter account Friday.
“Who the [expletive] made you dumb [expletive] c—-ers think I give a squat [expletive[ about your opinions. #Ferguson Kill yourselves,” read one of the messages.
Later that evening another tweet appeared, saying, “You exhibit n—a behavior, I’m a call you a n—a. You acting c——ish, I’m a call you a c——.”
It’s not clear exactly to what or whom she was referring, but the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have often hinged on race, as Michael Brown was a black teen killed by Officer Darren Wilson, a white policeman. A grand jury is expected to decide soon whether Wilson will face charges.
Hegwood is in her second year at Duncanville High School.
The Twitter account from which she allegedly made the comments has since been taken down.
According to Duncanville ISD policy, the district can take disciplinary action, including dismissal, if an employee’s use of electronic media “interferes with the employee’s ability to effectively perform his or her job duties.”
Not only is Hegwood at risk of losing her job, but check out the stream of racially charged tweets below aimed at her as a result of her careless actions.
In the words of the late Rodney King, “People, I just want to say, can we all get along?”
~celia walker, Follow me on twitter @cewalk28