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Carly McKinney, teacher suspended over hot Twitter posts, backed by #FreeCrunkBear


Here are some examples of #FreeCrunkBear tweets:

Here's one example of a homemade T-shirt supporting McKinney -- and smoking weed:

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Granted, not all of the tweets from the last 24 hours are especially high-minded. Here are some others that play the situation for laughs.

In the meantime, the local press is eagerly following developments, as indicated by a tweet from the Denver Post's Kurtis Lee to 9News' Todd Walker:

Behold what you've wrought, CarlyCrunkBear.

Look below to see two 9News reports -- the first about McKinney's suspension, the second focusing on student reaction to her suspension.

More from our Tech archive: "Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear: Overland teacher outed for hot Twitter photos, pot jokes."



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81 comments
Caribketch
Caribketch

As a former teacher I have one question: is this woman an effective teacher? There's a huge problem for families relying upon public education in the United States, a supposedly wealthy country - the "world's leader." It has degenerated to the point that recovery is more than questionable, and now, ranked 21st in performance, lags behind countries such as Cuba, Iceland, Armenia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Barbados.

Carly McKinney probably is guilty of using poor judgement in what she shared on social media, but it's hardly a major case and certainly unworthy of so much attention and reprisal. How do her students perform? If she's a good educator leave her alone and simply advise her to use a bit of discretion. Meanwhile, the country is falling behind if not falling apart. States such as Texas can sure as hell execute, but its education is in the toilet. The government can piss away $1,000,000,000,000 on an asinine war against drugs but remain silent about the 15,000,000+ alcohol addicts. It can spend a fortune spying on everyone including its own citizens, imprison more people than any country in the world, kill hundreds of innocent men, women, and children with drone bombs... but will not spend what is needed to give our kids decent educations. 

I think that what Ms. McKinney has stirred up shows how out of focus school administrators have become. If it takes a naked teacher to make my son interested in math, I support it. In fact, I would probably help him with his homework...

felthot23
felthot23

Man i can't believe the school intruded on this lady's private life like this first of all.Secondly athletes can rape lie steal get caught with drugs beat their moms and STILL HAVE A JOB THE NEXT DAY. But a teacher living her normal life outside of school gets crucified for way less?Society is so ass backwards.I totally understand if this behavior was effecting her teaching abilities but from what i read it wasn't.I would TOTALLY understand if she engaging in this behavior with students but she wasn't.I think this is a total invading of her privacy and i hope everyone with negative remarks don't ever get caught by their employer doing something their employer deem as "inappropriate".I don't feel like a teachers get paid enough as it is but to get paid scraps and have your life become front page news is CRAZY.If she was making 3 million a year and played for The Broncos she would have gotten a stern talking to and a suspension right or wrong?Matt Russel got a DUI and crashed into a POLICE CAR and still has a job i'm just saying..

Ashley Roth
Ashley Roth

I don't get why people feel the need to post everything they do online?! Once it's online, it's online forever, and you never know who's looking. I can't hate on her for smoking the sweet cheeba, but unfortunately not everyone condones it, especially if your a teacher. Post with Caution people!

Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

What an idiot. If you are a teacher, how could you not know that behavior like this would have a negative reaction. If not for the naked pics, she should be fired for stupidity.

Aimee Martinez
Aimee Martinez

Gross. We teachers should be held to a higher standard than that. That little girl is lucky she even had a job when there are so many out there who would appreciate the chance at her position. Stop defending that idiot.

Reed Porter
Reed Porter

I agree with Jack. If student athletes are expected to maintain their image for the ability to participate in competition we should expect no less of the teachers and administrators who run the schools.

Mark Ball
Mark Ball

@Sheila you nailed, they are never going to be able to prove that she did anything illegal and the girl is already denying the whole thing. Its going to be a short investigation if they are smart and realize they have better things to do with their time.

David Smith
David Smith

Are we ready for the "Thought Police"?

Mark Ball
Mark Ball

^Where and when did this happen?

Jack Gormley
Jack Gormley

Student/Athletes are disciplined for simply holding a solo cup in a picture on social media. Should teachers be held to a lower standard?

Sheilah Davis
Sheilah Davis

I actually have advice for the school district. If we punish teachers for the things found on social media, all we do is give angry students a potential tool for blackmail. Just imagine, a brat getting a D on an assignment and retaliating by creating a fake twitter account with photo-shopped pics on it. If it happened on school grounds, if there is a hint of illegal activity then, yes, suspend and look into it. If not, I wouldn't play into it at all.

Mark Ball
Mark Ball

I really don't see what the big deal is. Yeah its dumb to brag about smoking at work and all, but where do we draw the line with freedom of speech? Its not like she was fucking a student or getting them high or anything. Give her back her job and quite being such dicks, school district.

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

i'm still wondering why an adult is allowing children to look at it#1 #2 which underage guy did she tell an her motive from telling him

Matt Thyer
Matt Thyer

Work for school administrators that agree to avoid poking into your personal life? This isn't their business.

lisa.axtman
lisa.axtman

If you don't think teachers do just as many drugs as the rest of the community you're a bit out of touch with reality. It could have been way worse than smoking pot and talking about it on twitter. She could have been doing meth and just not talking about it instead... I would rather have an openly pot smoking teacher than a closet junkie or alcoholic or a meth head... These things happen all the time. Face reality. 

ajsnannygoat1981
ajsnannygoat1981

Immature, stoner skank.   The fact that someone stupid enough to put that on Twitter when they are a teacher and "role model" is also responsible for teaching kids makes me want to move to Nauru and raise my kids in a yurt. 

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Oh heaven forbid she brought weed on school grounds. Are you sitting there on your high horse thinking she's the only one?

cvictor294
cvictor294

Next thing you know she going to be on the news registering as a sex offender for messing with a 15 year old boy. I say fire her before it happens.

Aaron W
Aaron W

I think the point that's being missed here is that if 9news hadn't made such a big deal of this, we wouldn't be talking about it today.  I'm more interested in the "anonymous tip" they received then about any of the details of what Crunk_Bear posted, and more interested as to why 9news was tipped off or why they decided to make such a big deal of this.  Once again media trys to tell us whats important/moral, and a scared group such as the Overland school responds in a cowardly way.

instntkrma
instntkrma

Let's fire her, and drug test the rest of the school staff as well. I bet it's a culture of evil! out them all!

Shannon Petty
Shannon Petty

I'm not a teacher, and I would not, or never would have, post these types pics on my fb or anywhere due to the fact that someone at my workplace could see them. It's called COMMON SENSE and MATURITY.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Carly McPotslut

#FreeCrunkSlut


rockiesfever
rockiesfever

I think it is important to have a look at the unedited/unblurred version of these pictures.....anyone know where to find them??

Scott Ikard
Scott Ikard

Depends...if she actually stated that she had it on school grounds then she should be fired for being an F'ing idiot, but if the only reason she is being persecuted is because of photos she had online or random comments she made about partying then it is complete bullshit and every single hypocrit teacher in that school who has ever had a drop of alcohol or smoked a cigarette should be drug tested and fired (even if they pass that drug test).

IAmTheGannway
IAmTheGannway

Hi Michael, I'm Shaun Gannaway; one of the students featured in the interview. As stated in the interview, we do not support "smoking weed", but the leaves are symbolic of our support for Ms. McKinney. We believe that what she does in her free time, be it partake in recreational cannabis or anything else, is her choice. While my friend and I personally do not partake, the point of #FreeCrunkBear is not to make a comment on Marijuana, or Marijuana law, or Marijuana law reform. We simply support freedom in a human being's personal/private life, and as long as it does not carry over into the classroom, we will continue to support that freedom.


Yours, Shaun.


Contact me further! @IAmTheGannway on Twitter. 

Elizabeth Woodward
Elizabeth Woodward

Simply because a teacher smokes pot, does not make it okay for you to be so judgmental as to make a comment that teachers like her sleep with students. I had a teacher who had a husband and two kids who slept with a student, that comment is ignorant. Let her have a personal life, she is in her 20's, if she wants to post pictures on HER twitter page, why should she not be allowed to? It's 2013! It's time to start focusing on children's education and more real news that matters instead of twitter photos .. Priorities people!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Aaron W ... the point you missed is that if this Stupid Stonerette hadn't PUBLICLY posted her Puerile Pot Punkery on the WORLD WIDE web, then 9news wouldn't have had a story.

Stupid Stoners = always blaming others for their own mistakes

Typical.

BigSteve
BigSteve

@IAmTheGannway So the leaves are symbolic of your support?  Heh, heh, heh.  Old people are so stupid.  They won't ever catch on to your cool trick.  I'll bet you thought that one up late in the afternoon.  Probably around 4:20. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@IAmTheGannway Thanks for the note, Shaun. We're going to share it in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you weighing in.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Elizabeth Woodward Hip Tip: If you post it on Twitter of Facebook, it's no longer your "personal life."  I'll give you a two-fer: Being a known stoner and Twitter-stripper is going to make it really hard to maintain any kind of order and discipline in the classroom.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rockiesfever 

... it never dawned on a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal like you that you could have BOTH an education and all the teenage fornication your little dick could handle, eh numbnuts?

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

@DonkeyHotay @rockiesfever my school days were filled with banging chicks like our teacher here, and smoking up with said chicks. It appears you spent too much time learning correct punctuation, instead of what is really important in high school. and if all you were stirred by in my comment is the punctuation i would recheck my sexual orientation...numbnuts...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rockiesfever "...when me [sic] and michael was [sic] in high school."

"... when Michael and I were ..."

It appears you didn't actually spend much time attending school, did you, numbnuts?


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