Monday, May 23, 2022

Duncanville teacher resigns following controversial Twitter comments

Vinita Hegwood was an English teacher in Duncanville ISD and over the weekend via her personal account she made some very harsh comments in response to others who disagreed with her views on Ferguson.

Well just as Black Twitterverse has rained down pain on offenders — Hegwood has paid a price: her job. She suggested Crackers can go kill themselves.

Statement from Vinita Hegwood:image
“I wish to express my regret regarding the controversy over comments that I made on social media on Friday, November 7. I am deeply sorry for the offensive and unprofessional comments that I made on my personal Twitter account. In making those remarks, I was reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks against me by strangers who disagreed with my expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri. I allowed myself to respond emotionally and impulsively. My reaction in no way reflects the standards to which I have held myself and my students for the last twenty years of teaching. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I regret the embarrassment that it has caused the school district. I believe that it is in the best interests of the district that I resign my position at Duncanville ISD effective immediately.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. …just goes to show you…folks around here Do Not believe in so called “freedom of speech”…just because others talk “crazy” to you does not mean that you have the same equal and fair opportunity and choice to talk back to them in a similiar “crazy” style…of course it’s different if you can back up your talk or if you have support that can protect you…or maybe money or something to “pay” for your free speech…just saying….land o’ the free and all….

  2. She’s a racist! When your angry and upset is when the real you inside comes out. As a teacher she has the responsibility to be a role model for students. This type of behavior should not be tolerated. Racism is a 2 way street!

  3. Yeah Jim Bob; racism is a two way and (more than that way) street. But before I accept your description of her as a racist, I will have to see how her words of passion are abusing and disabling to a whole race. After all, that is more or less a rough definition of words that could be called racist. She used her angry words to address “crackers” – which is a term that is often used by wealthy whites to describe some whites in the lower (economic) classes – not the entire race of whites. And who are we to say that the words used by the folk she was addressing was not as negative and damaging as the words they used and therefore worthy of her verbal outburst? After reading her words that I have been able to find, I will say that she might be a bit racially chauvinistic. But calling her a racist without more examination of the word, its meaning, the entire verbal exchange, etc. is wrecklessly jumping on a shaky bandwagon and rushing to blind judgement without necessary evaluation.

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