NEWARK, Calif. – Expulsion is for suckers – or students, anyway.
The Gilmer Mirror reported South Eastern Middle School principal John Horton “characterized Johnny’s transgression as ‘making a threat’ to another student using a ‘replica or representation of a firearm’ through the use of an imaginary bow and arrow.”
But apparently making real threats are trivial if you’re a unionized adult.
Newark Memorial High School teacher Krista Hodges posted numerous threats to her students on Twitter, claiming she wanted to stab them and they made her “trigger finger itchy.” She also wished some would get hit by a car. She wanted to pour hot coffee over the heads of others.
The Mercury News reports:
Alerted by one of her colleagues to the tweets — which are laced with profanity and racist remarks — the district disciplined teacher Krista Hodges with a written reprimand, and she continues to teach. Hodges has apologized, saying she meant none of it seriously. But some in the school community are stunned by the turn of events, given the alarming sentiments the teacher expressed.
The newspaper provides some of Hodges more shocking tweets:
* “I already want to stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days,” Hodges tweeted on June 23, under the name Mrs. Hodges and the handle @kree49.
* “I am getting Starbucks for sure before school tomorrow. That way I’ll be refreshed AND have something to dump on the little a-holes,” said another June 23 tweet.
* “So happy to be done w/school for 10 days, but especially to be away from the ones who truly try my patience & make my trigger finger itchy,” she tweeted on April 24.
* “The problem w/teaching summer school is I’m gonna get all the (expletive) who failed my class, 2 of whom I wish would get hit by a car,” she offered on May 5.
“Everyone knows I’m one of the most liked teachers on campus. And that’s because I form meaningful and long-lasting relationships with my students,” Hodges told the Mercury News.
A parent, Stacy Kelly, tells the paper, “If you feel that bad about your job and your students, maybe you should find a different career.”
“The only thing I can say is we were made aware of it, and we followed our policies and procedures and that investigation has concluded,” Newark Unified School District interim superintendent Tim Erwin says. “I cannot get into any specifics as to any steps that were taken due to the fact that it’s a personnel matter.”
Hodges confirmed to the newspaper she only received a written reprimand.
She seemed to blame readers for the kerfuffle.
“I never expected anyone would take me seriously. If I had thought for one moment that someone would read anything I said on Twitter and take me seriously, you’d better believe I would have been much more careful with what I’ve said,” she told the paper.