We broke the story and Twitter was abuzz with reaction. Hegwood deleted both of her twitter accounts, but as they say, the Internet is forever, and people were already reporting her to her school.
Duncanville School and police department were inundated with complaints about the teacher’s tweet.
This morning, Duncanville High School administration met with her and suspended her without pay pending discharge:
They released the following statement:
Early this morning district officials met with Ms. Hegwood, the teacher who stated reprehensible
personal opinions on her personal social media account. The district took swift action and exercised the
fullest disciplinary action allowed under district policy. Ms. Hegwood was placed on suspension without
pay pending discharge. Under state law, a school district’s Board of Trustees “fires” staff members, and
the district will pursue that action with the board soon. In the meantime, the teacher has been placed
on suspension without pay pending discharge.
The district wants the community to know that the actions of this one individual does not and should
not represent the school district. Every day, two hundred and forty Duncanville High School teachers
provide a school environment that fosters academic excellence, good citizenship and respect for others.
Teachers give their life’s work to shaping the future, and this one individual does not represent our staff
or our district.
The reaction indicates how seriously they are taking it, the response of the school was incredibly swift by school standards, perhaps in part because this is the same school that faced publicity in an earlier case when a student, Jeff Bliss, chastised a teacher on video for failing to properly teach students.
Looks like Hegwood, who, ironically, taught English, may have sunk her career, at least at Duncanville.
It appears the school may have acted quickly because Vinita Hegwood had even more objectionable tweets. We quote some here, via Sooper Mexican:
She also retweeted this fun little tweet:
— Anon Cop Watch (@AnonCopWatch) November 5, 2014
She had another Twitter account, @_southerngirl70, which a reporter during the press conference characterized as having “disturbing” tweets on it. That account is now dark, so not sure what was there, but the school was aware of that, as well.