Students come to defense of teacher's racy tweets
23-year-old on paid leave after controversial snaps
- Duration 5:33
- Date Feb 1, 2013
23-year-old on paid leave after controversial snaps
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A story that caught our attention.
A Colorado high school teacher is under investigation.
Reportedly seeing up close to some racy pictures of herself on our Twitter cannot.
Here's one snapshot for investigative purposes to say -- the idea of what's out there folks she did careers all she's a math teacher.
Other pictures show her potentially smoking marijuana.
Drinking out the Holland some -- the other pictures she talked one point about.
A drug bust going -- at a high school while she has some of -- own -- in her car and was not ironic things like that.
Some of the students are supporting her they say that it's her First Amendment right to use -- Twitter feed of the way she wants other kids are shocked the district.
Less than pleased.
It's not something that they would hang on a classroom law.
We recommend that you don't put it on your FaceBook or Twitter pages.
Had a teacher that I was parties and it's kind of really just being in the classroom if any teachers posted on Twitter FaceBook can they should be fired it's like a little.
Too much information to doesn't really need to share that.
Well you know -- -- who could really say it better than that right Carly McKinney is currently and he believed he attempt pay you believe even if it is on my best.
Says -- still get paid but she's at home right now so let's bring in some of our -- to talk about these sort of ethical societal and the implications of this story.
Michael Grant Andrea talk show host and a columnist for the Boston Herald.
And a heated senate got -- is a civil litigation attorney for the legal side of this equation welcome folks good to have you here and you know you ask me be in some way is sadly it Michael these kind of stories are sort of a dime a dozen but what -- caught our -- was that they you know many of the students.
And they the most is sending out tweets they're not so much on camera.
But they're saying this is your First Amendment right this is her social media part of her life.
It's no it's not her employer's business what she's doing.
And and their final with that what is let's say eight about our culture.
Burglarized -- but but the power I wouldn't did you always know -- right now I'm not wearing any -- -- show myself and different information like I.
Here's my advice to all the advice of that great philosopher -- warmer from Faber college may get drunk and stupid is no way to go through life man.
She is that the issue is not the First Amendment you're afraid to say what you want within the opposite some parameters -- but this does is -- -- consequence free.
Conversation and that I have to sit by the teenage daughter.
-- senator classic with that Sally stone her to hang out talk about Matt.
No she clearly cannot be a public schoolteacher and -- -- public advocate of drink and smoke and get your party on she has either choice public school teacher.
Or -- -- -- they eat out I mean and I think it's really Italian couple of those kids say and I think it's weird that my teachers party in that they're not comfortable with that.
And if she is -- really don't want to know about it.
-- -- -- talked about it she's she has some of these tweets an actor that from her she says she -- sharing this Twitter feed and we should have that there are a lot of pictures that we could not so you.
During the day on Fox News here so in these these are definitely the -- team why -- there.
Yes we -- to you grab that perhaps another show O'Reilly we'll show it hardly a -- although that.
-- -- find out.
Let me -- a little bit and -- about the legal side of this issue.
Protected -- of a law.
You know I don't know what this teacher was thinking.
And I think the school would be well within their rights to reprimand her and even terminate her.
Because yes teachers do have a First Amendment right but the courts have held that teachers social media posts.
If they cause a substantial destruction to the teaching environmental outweigh the First Amendment and there is no dispute here that these tweets in these photos.
Disrupted the environment the students all father teacher half -- smoking pot tweeting about getting drunk and partying.
How can you reasonably put this teacher in a classroom to teach these students yeah.
This isn't a plane got yeah love the fact that the school district my -- -- it's under investigation.
She she has a paid -- I mean a hassle to me now is you know we -- -- -- tougher nut to fire public school teacher in this country than it is to bring in you know.
Homicide suspect on charges it's it's very very tough.
So I can't can't in good conscious just say you know what your your -- -- he can't do this it's unethical.
Substantial disruption is a legal term and that's actually right but the -- simple rule.
Teachers -- their own students as jail -- in public don't get -- presenting her and that bothers me that there's such -- notion that you can't judge other people's -- adults -- in the business of judgment the fact he could argue that the primary -- of the school systems to teach young people judgment you can learn math and -- is that anywhere.
But you know how to you've -- judge -- this woman has awful judgment.
Yeah you know and it is one of the scary things to me as a parent is that I think that -- -- kind of photos now as no big deal.
Did you know that there -- question if it's also flirting used to be it's it's sort of an innocent like.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- She's not until that we are in high school they're saying you know so what.
Which is its own sort of frightening issue just a last shot and -- on what happens from here.
Yeah I agree with your other guest I think -- the bottom line is that teachers are like it or not role models.
And they should be held to a higher standard and as a teacher frankly doesn't have enough common sense not to put out tweet that's -- on a public Twitter payment like risk and they shouldn't be charged with them with teaching our students Pena thank you so much Michael always a plant and had a great weekend guys -- -- anything did you.