A Fort Worth Texas School teacher tweeted the President. “Anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth would be greatly appreciated.” And, “Texas will not protect whistleblowers. The Mexicans refuse to honour our flag.” Her School Board voted 8-0 to fire her.
I’m not clear on when she sent the tweets. But I suspect it was on her time and her twitter account This may put the school district in a quandary. Especially given that she announced that her free expression would probably be punished.
Georgia Clark, who teaches English in a Fort Worth high school, was fired after complaining on social media about her classrooms filling up with “illegal students from Mexico” before adding “I need protection from recrimination”.
We don’t have to agree on everything but we should agree on the freedom to disagree. Since that does not seem possible, I hope she’s been contacted by any of the national legal groups that provide pro bono support for folks like Georgia. She should feel able to express her opinion and state facts as she sees them. Words that stimulate an open debate about problems, real or imagined, free of intimidation and retribution.
That was not the case here. And by firing her, the district is telling folks they don’t want to have that conversation. And anyone who dares to attempt it will be punished, just as Georgia suggested.
Of course, not we’re all going to have a ‘conversation’ about all of it thanks to the School Board that voted 8-0 to terminate her employment.
Streisand effect, anyone?
The Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) board of trustees announced on Tuesday that they will terminate a teacher who went on a Twitter rant about illegal immigrants. The board said that they voted 8-0 to terminate Georgia Clark's contract. https://t.co/XmH9CNYgNA pic.twitter.com/YvJaEjZwZ9
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