[UPDATE] — The Duncanville teacher who went on a Twitter rant about Ferguson, Missouri has resigned. Vinita Hegwood released a statement that reads:
“I wish to express my regret regarding the controversy over comments that I made on social media on Friday, November 7. I am deeply sorry for the offensive and unprofessional comments that I made on my personal Twitter account. In making those remarks, I was reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks against me by strangers who disagreed with my expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri. I allowed myself to respond emotionally and impulsively. My reaction in no way reflects the standards to which I have held myself and my students for the last twenty years of teaching. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I regret the embarrassment that it has caused the school district. I believe that it is in the best interests of the district that I resign my position at Duncanville ISD effective immediately.”
DUNCANVILLE, TX - A Duncanville teacher got herself into some serious hot water over the weekend, thanks to a Twitter rant. Vinita Hegwood sent out this tweet on Friday night:
“Who the [expletive] made you dumb duck [expletive] crackers think I give a squat [expletive] about my opinions RE: #Ferguson. Kill yourselves.”
Pretty sure that “duck” is a typo there.
The tweet created a lot of outrage once folks found out that Ms. Hegwood teaches English at a Duncanville High School.
Monday morning, the district took swift action.
“Ms. Hegwood was placed on suspension without pay, pending discharge,” Lari Barager, the District’s External Communications Director, said. “Under state law, a school district`s Board of Trustees fires staff members and the district will pursue that action with the board soon.”
The controversial tweet was quickly deleted, but not before Hegwood doubled down with another “opinionated” tweet, saying she wouldn’t back down from her words.
We reached out to Ms. Hegwood for comment, but received no response.
Duncanville ISD was clear that tweets from teachers like this would not be tolerated.
“The nature of the comments are reprehensible," Barager said. “Those comments, having been made in such a public way, left the district no other option.”
Just another reminder that hitting delete on a tweet is too late. Best to backspace before you send it, or your boss just might send you packing.