A West Virginia teacher was suspended for racist tweets she sent about President Obama and the Chicago torturers, Raw Story reports.
Cabell County Schools spokesperson Jedd Flowers said Huntington High teacher Mary Durstein sent the tweets. The district has also asked Durstein to delete her Twitter account.
Students sent the school screenshots of Durstein’s tweets, which included a picture of Obama described as a, “Muslim douchebag.” Durstein commented on it, “Exactly!!!!!!!!!”
Commenting on a story about the Chicago torturers, Durstein said the suspects “could have been Obama’s children.”
In a tweet to Fox News host Eric Bolling, Durstein wrote, “Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact. They’re the enemy.”
“The tweets that you have seen — those are things that we do not adhere to,” Cabell County Superintendent Bill Smith insisted to The Herald-Dispatch. “We believe that all children are welcome here — all adults as well — in Cabell County schools. We want to make sure that is clear to our students and clear to the employees that work for us.”
He added: “We expect the same conduct on social media that we do in the classroom. We don’t want to deny teachers the access they can have to the Internet or Facebook and all the other stuff they want to have, but they need to be cognizant of who they are speaking to. And when what they say interferes with the educational process, it becomes a problem.”
Flowers said that the students who forwarded the tweets, “did the right thing.”
“We want the message to our students to be that all kinds are welcome at Cabell County Schools,” Flowers explained. “We embrace diversity. Inclusion is essential to everything that we do.”
Durstein has been suspended while officials investigate whether she broke a code of conduct that calls for teachers to, “demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a high standard of conduct, self-control, and moral/ethical behavior.”