Duncanville High School English teacher, Vinita Hegwood was fired for posting racist tweets.
She tweeted: “Who the f— made you dumb duck a– crackers think I give a squat f— about your opinions on my opinions RE: #Ferguson. Kill yourselves!”
Vinita posted the tweet in regard to the police shooting in Ferguson. She claimed the tweets were in response to those who were racially attacking her via Twitter. Vinita removed the tweet but it was too late. The school had already been notified and damage was done. She was suspended without pay until the Duncanville Independent School District Board of Trustees were able to meet and discuss whether or not she should be fired. During that wait period, Vinita claims that she issued a letter of apology to the school, students, parents, and everyone she offended. She wrote:
“I wish to express my regret regarding the controversy over comments that I made on social media on Friday, November 7. I am deeply sorry for the offensive and unprofessional comments that I made on my personal Twitter account. In making those remarks, I was reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks against me by strangers who disagreed with my expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri. I allowed myself to respond emotionally and impulsively. My reaction in no way reflects the standards to which I have held myself and my students for the last twenty years of teaching. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I regret the embarrassment that it has caused the school district. I believe that it is in the best interests of the district that I resign my position at Duncanville ISD effective immediately.”
Duncanville school district trustees said they never received the letter and decided the best course of action was to fire her.
After the meeting, the board stated “Our focus at Duncanville ISD is educating our more than 13,000 students. Our 794 teachers have been and will continue to engage in the business of educating our students.”