California Teacher Who Tweeted About Getting Grilled on Twitter for Her Career Puts Her Career on Hold
In June, a former Cali teacher tweeted a series of inappropriate comments about getting grilled by her boss on Twitter about her credentials.
The teacher is not being punished, but the episode forced the school to suspend her.
In an interview with The Associated Press, she described it as an example of a high-profile teacher abusing her power to be a public figure.
“I felt so violated,” she said.
“It was like I was being violated by a public official.
I felt like a child.”
“The whole thing was very upsetting,” said the teacher, who declined to be identified by name because she is still employed at the school.
“And I’m not the only one.”
The Cali school said in a statement that the employee was suspended without pay, but that she was also reprimanded and told to attend a “schoolwide review” to resolve the situation.
The school did not say what the review was.
The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some students have expressed outrage that a public school administrator would use her position to bully others.
The student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the incident highlights the difficulty of handling teachers who are not only public figures but also people who teach at public schools.
“My job is to educate the students and to teach them, not to be someone who is able to go on a tirade, to be an enforcer,” the student said.
The woman who was suspended, who asked not to use her name, said she had been suspended because she had violated department policy and was not properly informed of the punishment.
“We were told that she violated the policy because she used the platform,” she explained.
“In a school environment, you don’t have a place to vent.
You can’t be that person.”
Cali Public Schools spokesman Tom Rader declined to comment on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.