Teacher suspended for alleged 'shoot 'em up' Facebook post

A Tennessee kindergarten teacher apparently used her Facebook account to vent a bit. The school is not impressed.

Tameka Gatewood. WMC-TV Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I don't know how kindergarten teachers put up with 5-year-olds screeching all day, but they do.

Well, mostly.

Some hit the bottle. And some hit Facebook.

Tameka Gatewood, who plies her trade at Rainshaven Elementary School in Memphis, Tenn., apparently chose the latter, more modern option.

As WMCTV reports, Gatewood was a tad frustrated when two of her little ones said unkind things to each other.

So she allegedly posted:

How bout I blasted both of them. The girl in my class hair is nappy almost every day and the boy wears dirty clothes, face nasty and can't even read. They didn't bother nobody else when I got through with them.

This wasn't Gatewood's only foray into Facebook self-expression.

She doesn't seem to be overly fond of parental interference.

For example, she allegedly offered: "If another parent tell me it's my job to teach their children, it's gonna be po po time."

For those of you who don't regularly watch cop shows, "po-po" is short for "police."

Gatewood seems to have warmed to her communicative possibilities, though she might not have exercised the finest touch over her Facebook privacy controls.

For word got out that she also posted something a little aggressive on the subject of turning the other cheek.

It allegedly was:

What do you think you're supposed to do? Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit! Just kidding!! For real tho - slap their ass back then Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit

For real, for real.

Naturally, parents were swift to offer sanctimonious views, and Gatewood was suspended without pay.

City Schools Commissioner Kenneth Whalum told WMCTV that, of course the school monitors teachers' Twitter and Facebook comments. However, the school doesn't have a specific social media policy for its teachers.

It's not as if Gatewood is the first teacher to use social media to vent. Last year, a New Jersey teacher allegedly posted that her kids were "future criminals."

And who could forget the Pennsylvania teacher who allegedly took to her blog to declare that one of her kids was a "whiny, simpering grade-grubber with an unrealistically high perception of own ability level."

Still, WMCTV dug up the fact that Gatewood had been reprimanded for "insubordination." Oddly, this was 10 years ago.

She still became a teacher, so she presumably showed some talent for it. Indeed, there doesn't seem to be any evidence of complaints about, well, her teaching skills.

Gatewood's Facebook page is now down.

Will her career end in ignominy? Or will someone -- perhaps Gatewood herself -- try to add a little perspective and nuance to how she sees her world?

 

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