Facebook posts by APS teacher may lead to legal trouble

Created: 11/05/2013 10:56 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Facebook post could land an APD teacher in trouble with the law.

She’s accused of twice posting comments about killing students.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says it’s not taking any chances, given recent mass shootings.

The second year teacher is in her 20s.

This may be a case where a young teacher was overwhelmed with troublemakers in her class.

But one thing’s for sure, she won’t be in that class Wednesday morning.

Teens are told over and over, be careful what you post on social media.

It could cost you a job.

A teacher at Rio Grande High School may learn that lesson the hard way, after posting what was on her mind.

According to the sheriff’s office, the teacher took to Facebook after students glued their shoes to the floor in her classroom and pulled up the tile on the floor.

Deputies interviewed the teacher Tuesday morning.

APS also talked to her.

“What she said is she became frustrated after an incident in the classroom yesterday, went home and vented on her facebook page and said I could just kill the kid," said APS spokesperson Monica Armenta.

The incident report shows the teacher may have actually posted “I can just kill these kids.”

After someone commented she should use a better choice of words when posting on Facebook, the teacher reportedly replied, “yes, kill tomorrow.”

Here’s what she told APS:

“She never intended to harm the student and never imagined that someone would take her seriously,” said Artmenta.

But the sheriff’s office is taking it seriously after APS got an anonymous call from someone out of state.

The district says they are too, since they can’t know for sure what was intended.

"We do have policies in place that state that if you are to act inappropriately with any form of communication including social media that is means for possible discipline,” said Armenta.

APS says the students involved in the glue incident did get in trouble.

The teacher is now on paid leave.

She could lose her job. The district’s discipline committee will consider her case this week.

The teacher is not facing criminal charges but the sheriff’s office says this case is still open.

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