By: Krystle Crossman
Social media is a tricky tool. It can reconnect you with friends and family, it can help you to run your business, and it is a great way to share what is going on in your life. It is also a great way to kill your career. Many people do not think before they type and end up saying something that could ruin their reputation or even have them fired. One teacher at Newark Memorial High School in the Bay Area, CA has kept her job even though parents have been trying to have her fired for a post that she made on Twitter.
Just before the previous school year was done, Krista Hodges decided that it would be a good idea to make a post on Twitter that said “I already want to stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days”. Parents were outraged when nothing was done about the tweet. Hodges was not only allowed to keep her job for the previous year without punishment but was also allowed to come back at the start of this school year. She reportedly apologized for what she said and told people that she was joking but it doesn’t take back the words that had already been said. After receiving so much backlash online she deleted her Twitter account.
What outraged the parents the most was that this was not her only tweet. She also had some tweets where she referenced her “itchy trigger finger” and stated that she wanted to dump hot coffee on some of the students. The only thing that happened to Hodges was a written reprimand from the school. Parents are not thrilled that she is still teaching this year and are starting a campaign to have her fired. One parent stated that her son was expelled when he was a freshman for saying something to a teacher and yet she was able to express several violent thoughts, joking or not, and have no punishment from it at all.
Some of Hodges’ students are standing behind Hodges stating that the posts were blown way out of proportion and that people just need to vent sometimes. They said that she is a great teacher. The Newark Police Department is still investigating the matter.