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Students Support Suspended Teacher

Posted on the 02 February 2013 by Eowyn @DrEowyn


Students of teacher, 23, who posted semi-naked pictures of herself and called a  teen ‘jail bait’ launch Twitter page supporting her

Daily Mail: Students have come out in support of a  teacher who was suspended from her job after she posted half-naked  photos of herself on Twitter and joked  about teenager being ‘jail bait’.

Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland  High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on  Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter  account with the help of a friend.

Since then a campaign using the hashtag #freecrunkbear has started on Twitter to have her reinstated. Students have also said on new channels that  they don’t think McKinney should be punished for what she pursues in her free  time outside of school hours.

‘It’s a teacher that’s only five or six years  older than our oldest students,’ an Overland High School student named Shaun  told 9News. ‘So we kind of relate to her on a personal level.’

The account, CarlyCrunkBear (@crunk_bear), which has since been taken  down, included explicit photos of the blonde teacher along with multiple posts  about smoking marijuana on school grounds.

It came to light after 9Newswas tipped off about the account by a viewer  on Monday. McKinney later admitted to the TV station that she was behind the  tweets.


One post read: ‘Naked. Wet. Stoned,’ while  another said: ‘Watching a drug  bust go down in the parking lot. It’s funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot.

Other messages suggested that the teacher was grading papers while under the  influence of drugs and spending time on Twitter  ‘instead of being  productive’ during the school day. In one post allegedly referring to a student,  McKinney wrote: ‘Just got called Ms McCutie. Point for being clever, however you  are still jailbait.’


In a bizarre twist, one of the most revealing  photos allegedly depicting McKinney doing a handstand wearing only a paid of  lacy panties was retweeted by DJ Diplo to promote his newest single, Express  Yourself, iDigital  Times reported.

The first-year teacher and a friend told  9News that the Twitter account was intended as a parody. The 23-year-old woman claimed that she was not aware of some of the provocative posts her unnamed friend was making,  adding that she never was in possession of drugs on school property.

Cherry Creek School District officials  responded by saying that all employees are trained about social media use and are encouraged not to post anything online that they would not want to put on the classroom blackboard.

Officials, however, added that teachers have first amendment right to free speech, especially in so far as personal social  media sites are concerned

Tustin Amole, director of communications for  Cherry Creek School District, told MailOnline that officials launched an  investigation into McKinney’s conduct after learning of the allegations from  9News. Amole emphasized that the paid administrative  leave is not a disciplinary action, but rather a routine measure.

According to the district spokesperson, the main goal of the probe is to determine whether the 23-year-old educator used or was in possession of drugs on school property, which is illegal under state law.

Amole went on to say that to the best of her knowledge, McKinney has not been named in any other complaints during her tenure at the school.

Sure, the teacher has a First Amendment right, yet what kind of teacher posts such racy tweets? Not one that I would want my children learning from.

Reason number 999,999 to home school.


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