Twitter Fingers Turn To Unemployed Fingers: West Virginia Teacher Suspended After Racist Tweets

Twitter Fingers Turn To Unemployed Fingers: West Virginia Teacher Suspended After Racist Tweets
Mary Durstein via Facebook

There's a reason why they say teachers should stay off of social media. From inappropriate student/teacher relationships to their "outside-of-school" life leaking into their teacher persona...teachers and social media just don't go together. Some teachers don't believe they have anything to worry about, so they continue to post whatever the @#$% they want online. 

Racist teachers are no exception. Mary Durstein, a social studies teacher at Huntington High School in West Virginia, thought she could get away with her racially-charged tweets. She was very wrong.

The director of communications for Cabell County Schools, Jedd flowers, confirmed that the account “pigpen63” (seriously? what kind of username is that?) was the personal account their very own teacher, Mary Durstein. She was immediately suspended.

Durstein has since deleted her "pigpen63" account, but the school district still has the receipts. 

One tweet from 2015 wrote, “#cashinIn #WakeUpAmerica #viewcrew Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact. They’re the enemy.”

In a more recent tweet from 2017, Durstein responded to a tweet referencing a crime where black suspects attacked a disabled white teen, writing, “this could have been Obama’s children.” How blind can someone be? 

“We expect the same conduct on social media that we do in the classroom,” Cabell County Superintendent Bill Smith said. “We don’t want to deny teachers the access they can have to the internet or Facebook and all the other stuff they want to have, but they need to be cognizant of who they are speaking to. And when what they say interferes with the educational process, it becomes a problem.”

Teachers having social media accounts might not be the best idea, but at least it's exposing those who should NOT be teaching our students, like Durstein. After all, should a woman with such strong feelings of hatred really be teaching social studies? 

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