Carly McKinney, a 23-year-old math teacher from Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, has been placed on administrative leave after it was alleged that she had posted risqué pictures, joked about using drugs at school and called her students “jailbait” on the Twitter account CarlyCrunkBear (@crunk_bear).
McKinney was put on administrative leave pending an investigation on Tuesday after she confessed to local television station 9News, that she created the account with the help of a friend. The story came to light after a viewer tipped the news station off about the Twitter account!
The Twitter account included numerous pictures of the teacher posing in her underwear and one picture which allegedly depicted Ms McKinney wearing only a pair of lacy panties whilst doing a handstand was said to have been tweeted by DJ Diplo to promote his newest single “Express Yourself”.
In one post, in which McKinney is alleged to have been referring to one of her students, she writes:
“Just got called Ms McCutie. Point for being clever, however you are still jailbait.”
The account is also said to have included several tweets that suggest that the young teacher had smoked marijuana on school premises. One was reported to have said; “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.” Another provocative tweet, simply reads “Naked. Wet. Stoned,” and in others she implied that she was under the influence of marijuana whilst grading papers and spent time on Twitter instead of “being productive” at school.
McKinney has said that the account was intended as a parody and said that she was not aware of some of the more provocative tweets her unnamed friend had posted. She claims that she had never possessed drugs on school grounds.
The Cherry Creek School District officials have responded to the explosive story by saying that all employees are trained in social media use and encouraged not to put anything online that they wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on a schoolroom blackboard! They did however add that teachers, like everyone else, had the first amendment right to freedom of speech.
In a telephone interview with the MailOnline, the district’s director of communications, Tustin Amole said an investigation was underway after they were informed of the allegations by 9News.
She said that Ms McKinney being placed on paid administrative leave did not classify as a disciplinary action, but was routine procedure during an investigation.
Amole said that the focus of the investigation was the drug allegations against Ms McKinney, she said they needed to determine whether she had possessed or been under the influence of drugs whilst on school grounds because this is illegal under state law.
He added that to the best of her knowledge, McKinney had not been the subject of any other complaints during her time at the school.
You be the judge. With the #freecrunkbear Twitter storm, you too can rally behind McKinney’s cause.