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Texas Teacher May Lose Her Job Over Racist Tweets

November 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A Texas teacher who cause a major uproar over a racist tweet has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending discharge, school officials say.

The promising “swift action” over the weekend following a tweet Friday night on a Twitter account belonging to Dunckenville teacher Vinita Hegwood.

“Who the [expletive] made you dumb duck ass crackers think I give a squat [expletive] about your opinions about my opinions RE: Ferguson? Kill yourselves,” the tweet read.

A black teacher, Hegwood teaches English, according to the school’s website.

A man who identified himself as Hegwood’s husband at their home on Sunday night said she wasn’t available but that there was more to the story. He wouldn’t elaborate.

The school district confirmed it was aware of the Tweet, and issued this statement late Sunday:

“As an individual, Ms. Vinita Hegwood expressed an opinion on social media that is solely her own. She used her personal social media account 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 district is taking swift action in this matter within the authority set forth by district policy. Duncanville ISD embraces diversity and is not defined by the personal opinion of one.”

Hegwood’s Twitter account has since been closed, despite attempts by a growing number of folks to tag her in tweets and posts. It isn’t clear if there was a tweet aimed directly at her that prompted the outburst on Friday night.

The district said more information might be available later this week.

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