AN AMERICAN HIGH-school teacher is finding herself in the middle of a scandal over tweets coming from an account she claims was a joke.
Carly McKinney is a teacher at Overland High School in Colorado who was featured on a local news show after viewers tipped them off to a Twitter account they claimed was run by her.
The account had the name CarlyCrunkbear (@crunk_bear) and raised suspicions over images of what appeared to McKinney in a state of undress and tweets about drug use including lines such as “Naked. Wet. Stoned.”
Colorado’s 9 News had a reporter call McKinney to ask her about the content of the tweets including:
“Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It’s funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot”
McKinney immediately claimed that the account was a parody set up by her and a friend. McKinney says she wasn’t aware of the kinds of posts she says her friend was posting.
Within moments of taking the call from 9News the account was deleted but not before this tweet was posted:
Twitter / Denver Westworld
The @CrunkBear account is gone but this retweet from another user is still available, a tweet McKinney supposedly sent out referring to a student in Overland High as a “jailbait”.
Colorado based magazine Westworld say that McKinney is now on paid leave, pointing out that under free speech she can maintain her own social media account. However concerns over alleged drug use on school grounds could be cause for her to lose her job.
Meanwhile the hashtag #FreeCrunkBear has been taken up by Twitter users and students at Overland High School are telling 9 News that they don’t want to see their teacher punished.
Whether McKinney did in fact post all of this to Twitter or has been caught by a friend going too far, she’s being held up as an example of how nothing on Twitter stays private for very long.