Math teacher allegedly tweets racy pics, calls kids 'jailbait'

A Colorado teacher's Twitter page includes semi-nude pics and tweets about drugs. However, did she break any school rules?

9News Colorado Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's sometimes easy to forget that teachers are human beings.

They do things human beings do. You know, like get drunk, take drugs, and make mistakes.

The question now is which of these, if any, might have been perpetrated by Colorado math teacher Carly McKinney.

McKinney was behind the Twitter account @carly_crunkbear. It is gone now. But, as 9News in Colorado reports, it used to bear some very fine and slightly crunky tweets.

There were, for example, semi-nude pictures of McKinney herself, as well as interesting thoughts such as: "Just got called Ms. McCutie. Points for being clever, however you are still jailbait."

Oh, and then there were the references to drugs.

For example: "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."

Funny, indeed.

But you just know that there will be some humorless soul who will espy these japes and decide they are a threat to the community or even mankind as a whole.

This is what happened. As soon as 9News reporters called McKinney, the Twitter account vanished in a puff.

It was inevitable, then, that school authorities were informed.

McKinney, 23, is in her first year at Overland High School and may fear that it will be her last.

9News asked McKinney whether she was actually in control of the Twitter account. She replied: "I was, but I guess I'm not."

Which, to me, seems merely an interesting variation of "I think, therefore I am."

The school is, quite naturally, now investigating. It isn't clear whether McKinney may have broken any rules. The school says that teachers are given guidelines that perhaps they shouldn't post things that they wouldn't put up on the chalkboard in the classroom.

However, McKinney may not be helping her case by claiming that someone else was also in control of this Twitter account and that the more controversial elements were not posted by her.

That does sound like a slightly more mellifluous version of the Weinerian "my Twitter account got hacked."

McKinney isn't the first teacher to have fallen foul of social networking that others found foul.

Only last week, an Ohio teacher was suspended after posting an obviously humorous picture of her students with duct tape over their mouths and the caption: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!"

In McKinney's case, one wonders whether the school could sanction her for the alleged pot references.

Isn't pot legal in Colorado?

 

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