School Board Removes Teacher for Making an Angry Tweet About Ferguson
Duncanville High School English teacher Vinita Hegwood was suspended without pay today after she tweeted on Friday that "crackers" who care about her opinions on Ferguson should kill themselves. It's not clear exactly what prompted the tweet, but here it is:
Hegwood deleted her Twitter account soon after. Duncanville Independent School District in Texas released a statement this morning regarding the incident. The district says Hegwood will be fired:
Early this morning district officials met with Ms. Hegwood, the teacher who stated reprehensible personal opinions on her personal social media account. The district took swift action and exercised the fullest disciplinary action allowed under district policy. Ms. Hegwood was placed on suspension without pay pending discharge. Under state law, a school district's Board of Trustees "fires" staff members, and the district will pursue that action with the board soon. In the meantime, the teacher has been placed on suspension without pay pending discharge.
The district wants the community to know that the actions of this one individual does not and should not represent the school district. Every day, two hundred and forty Duncanville High School teachers provide a school environment that fosters academic excellence, good citizenship and respect for others. Teachers give their life's work to shaping the future, and this one individual does not represent our staff or our district.
Hegwood's husband told WFAA yesterday that there's more to the story, but he wouldn't elaborate.
In the meantime, conservative Twitter is rejoicing that "racist" Hegwood is out of a job.
Racist teacher who supports #Ferguson who told white people 2 kill themselves suspended w/o pay
Social Media Works! pic.twitter.com/PHfKju5Lvy
— Wayne Dupree ★彡 (@WayneDupreeShow) November 10, 2014
[Photo via WFAA]