Texas teacher fired for sending racially charged tweets about Ferguson

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Duncanville High School in Dallas, Texas.

Duncanville High School in Dallas, Texas.

(CNN) — A Texas teacher was fired Friday, one week after sending racially charged tweets about incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.

Vinita Hegwood said in a statement that she was “reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks” made against her and her “expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri,” when she wrote on November 7, “Who the (expletive) made you dumb (expletive) crackers think I give a squat (expletive) about your opinions. #Ferguson Kill yourselves.”

Later that evening another tweet appeared, saying, “You exhibit nigga behavior, I’m a call you a nigga. You acting crackerish, I’m a call you a cracker.” Hegwood is African-American.

Ferguson became a flash point in the debate over race after the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The fatal shooting sparked a series of protests in the St. Louis suburb. A grand jury is expected to decide soon whether Wilson will face charges.

Hegwood, whom the school district suspended on Monday, submitted her resignation Thursday, accepting responsibility for the tweets that she said were sent “emotionally and impulsively.”

The Duncanville Independent School District’s seven-member board declined to accept her resignation and instead voted to terminate her, district spokeswoman Lari Barager said.

District employees do have the right to free speech, Barager said, but Hegwood’s comments were so egregious, the school was left with “no other option.”

Hegwood, an English teacher, was in her second year at Duncanville High School near Dallas.

She apologized for any embarrassment her actions may have caused the district.

“My reaction in no way reflects the standards to which I have held myself and my students for the last 20 years of teaching,” she said.

Hegwood did not immediately respond to CNN’s calls and emails seeking comment.

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6 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    oh , well if this so called teacher been teaching for twenty years she should know when to shut up , but they fired her for a reason . it showed that the school is not going to just let her walk away with the crap she said . oh well maybe her next job be where she feels ok with what she says but then she had better look for some other work. being that a few people from the north srees her crap she learn to shut her trap .before she is called white trash . yes this poor white boy is from Clearlake , Ca 95422 by San Francisco , Ca

  • Jay Richow

    Get your facts straight, pasty people!
    Hegwood RESIGNED and the people who were tasked to fire her simply refused to accept her resignation.
    Obviously they refused because they wanted to terminate her to illustrate their power and control over her…think slave-owner and slave…a relationship her ‘superiors’ would naturally endorse.

    • Pat

      She didn’t resigned.. School Board of Trustees terminated her contact, therefore she was terminated as she claiming she resigned. Wouldn’t trust that woman’s word against School Board.

    • ShadowWalker59

      LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, She was …FIRED, slim!!! So, get off your political correctness, Homer!! I see where she was FIRED!, and don’t try to ‘whitewash’ it, and bro………….did she deserve it!!! Finally, I can applaud a job well done! She’s gone, but perhaps some political correct boob like you, will see fit to employ her again, perhaps some black school will immediately sign her up to teach ‘racism’ to her ‘students’!!! But, this is one firing that was very, very warranted!!!!!

  • ShadowWalker59

    Wow, what do you know………a black who is “racist”, imagine that!! Why, this is something of a ‘rarity’, isn’t it!!!! And, she was actually…….FIRED!!! I’m almost surprised that she herself didn’t scream ‘Racism’ for firing her. Well, let us see how much air time THIS get’s!!!