Texas teacher to lose job for offensive 'kill yourselves' tweet to 'crackers'
Duncanville ISD in North Texas has started the process to discharge an English teacher over a profanity-laced tweet. Vinita Hegwood fired off the offensive tweet on Friday, November 7.
"Who the f*** made you dumb duck ass crackers think I give a squat about your opinions about my opinions RE: #Ferguson? Kill yourselves," the now-deleted tweet read.
The school district issued its first statement on the matter November 9, saying:
As an individual, Ms. Vinita Hegwood expressed an opinion on social media that is solely her own. She used her personal social media to make remarks that are offensive. While everyone has the right to free speech, as a teacher in the district, we believe the comments that are alleged to be made by Ms. Hegwood are absolutely reprehensible and we do not condone it.
The announcement to suspend Hegwood without pay "pending discharge" followed less than 24 hours later. DISD said its swift decision represented the fullest disciplinary action allowed under district policy.