Newark teacher who wrote nasty, threatening tweets given reprimand
NEWARK – On her Twitter feed, a Newark Memorial High School teacher described in explicit terms her desires for her students. She wanted to pour coffee on them. She wanted to stab them. Some of them, she said, “make my trigger finger itchy.”
Alerted by one of her colleagues to the tweets – which are laced with profanity and racist remarks – the district disciplined teacher Krista Hodges with a written reprimand, and she continues to teach. Hodges has apologized, saying she meant none of it seriously. But some in the school community are stunned by the turn of events, given the alarming sentiments the teacher expressed.
Tim Erwin, interim superintendent of Newark Unified School District, confirmed there was an investigation into Hodges’ online messages. Erwin would not detail the discipline, but Hodges confirmed she received a written reprimand.
“The only thing I can say is we were made aware of it, and we followed our policies and procedures and that investigation has concluded,” Erwin said. “I cannot get into any specifics as to any steps that were taken due to the fact that it’s a personnel matter.”
He added that he consulted California education law, school board policy and the teacher’s union contract to guide him in deciding discipline for Hodges.
When told about the tweets, school board President Nancy Thomas said, “I’m speechless. Oh dear.”
She said Erwin told her about the disciplinary measures Monday, nearly two months after the fact,ï»¿ but did not tell her what the tweets said. Thomas declined to comment on whether the written reprimand was appropriate, saying the school board lets administrators handle personnel issues, unless they come before the board.
Quite a contrast to this story, no?