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Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear, "no longer employed" by school district

Categories: Education, News

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Big NSFW pics below.
Update: Tustin Amole, spokesperson for the Cherry Creek School District, told us on February 28 that a decision about the future of Overland High School teacher Carly McKinney, who was put on leave after news broke about controversial photos and tweets sent from her Twitter account, was likely to come the following day.

Wrong. The district waited for three more weeks, until the info dead zone of a Friday afternoon, to announce that McKinney won't be coming back to the school. Here's the entire release from Amole:

The Overland High School teacher, who was placed on administrative leave after allegations of impropriety arose, is no longer employed by the District. The district will have no further comment as this is a personnel issue.
Note that McKinney's name isn't even mentioned in the statement, and neither does the district say whether she was dismissed, resigned or some combination thereof.

What led to this strange exit for McKinney? Continue for our previous coverage, including photos, tweets and more.

Update, 6:52 a.m. March 4: By this time, we thought there'd be resolution in the case of Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear, an Overland High School teacher who received national attention after revelations about drug references and skintastic photos (see NSFW examples below) shared on her Twitter account. In response to an inquiry from Westword on Thursday, Cherry Creek School District spokeswoman Tustin Amole told us via e-mail, "I hope to have something no later than tomorrow afternoon." But those hopes were dashed. Friday came and went without an announcement, and Amole isn't saying when one might arrive.

This morning, we e-mailed Amole asking for details about why no announcement was made on Friday, and when one might be coming. She responded with a two-word text -- "Nothing yet." Her reply was even more succinct to a followup question about whether there was a timeline on the decision being made public. "No," she wrote, although she added that she would include Westword when the decision is released.

Given that news agencies such as 9News also reported that the decision was pending, Twitter Nation was poised for news. Witness this tweet from a few hours ago featuring the Diplo-endorsed hash tag #freecrunkbear:

The answer to that question is "No" as well -- and at this point, the school district isn't hinting about when that might change. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post, 9:50 a.m. February 28: Late last month, Overland High teacher Carly McKinney made international headlines after being suspended in the wake of tweets featuring NSFW photos and jokes about drugs; examples below.

Since then, there's been a month of silence from the Cherry Creek School District. But according to a district spokeswoman, that quiet is about to end.

"We are nearing a conclusion," notes the district's Tustin Amole. "I hope to have something no later than tomorrow afternoon."

As we've reported, 9News received a tip about McKinney's account, @crunk_bear, which she told the station she shares with a friend. She insisted that someone with access to the account had posted items without her say-so, including photos like this one....

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...and this one.

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Also featured were tweets like "Naked. Wet. Stoned" and "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."

Afterward, McKinney, a first-year teacher still in her probationary period, was put on paid administrative leave so that the school district could look into whether she violated the drug-free-school-zone policy or tweeted on school time.

In regard to the former question, the answer appears to be "no." Last week, 9News reported that McKinney would not face drug charges because the Aurora police "could not substantiate the tweets or find any evidence of any crime."

That leaves possible administrative punishment, and perhaps even dismissal -- not for exercising her right to free speech, presumably, but for other offenses, such as tweeting while on the job.

In the meantime, Twitter Nation has sprang to her defense.

Continue for more about Carly McKinney, including NSFW photos.



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Kandis Bigham
Kandis Bigham

Good teacher or not there's something called ethics that she chose not to practice. I'm all for ppl having a personal life and I admit I think for an employer to follow or check ur social media is to a certain degree a violation of privacy. however there is an expectation just like with law enforcement that u hold urself to a higher moral standard as u have power and influence over others, she chose to ignore this and is now paying the consequences. She might be really book smart and even have the ability to share that gift with others by teaching but as far as being "street smart" (for a lack of better way to describe it) this women is ridiculously stupid..... how could she not know some parents or constituents would se her posts and not freak out and assume she is a whore who influences children badly. I don't even have children and I wouldn't want someone who's is flaunting heir sexuality around my child that's not appropriate when ur in a position of trust regarding children of any age especially a sexually active age. Period! I also agree that u should have some experience before being able to teach high school I think young attractive teachers do distract form the learning environment for young ppl who are old enough to want to explore sex. Younger teachers should teach younger students and older more experienced teachers should be in high schools after all high school kids are far more unruly as well and need more discipline then younger children. Young adults including basically a kid fresh out of college doesn't have the knowledge or skill set needed to handle these challenges as they have no experiences with these challenges like an older more experienced teacher would. Long story short she deserves to lose her job and learn something from this.... I do think she should be allowed to keep her teaching license but should have to take a job with a younger age bracket who may not be old enough to understand when if exposed this this kind of thing...where as an older child will definitely see the sexy side of their teacher and again this is unethical on her part.

August G. Schwartz
August G. Schwartz

If she wants to fight it she can fight it. If she was fired because someone else posted the pics, its now easy to prove damages which she can collect from the poster. My bet, she wont contest anything because she was the Architect of her own demise.

Leah Lynn
Leah Lynn

I really enjoy the westword but dragging people through the mud to relive decisions that have no effect on anything current regarding news or the community is kind of pathetic. #journalismfail

Jeremy Montoya
Jeremy Montoya

And they want to talk about arming teachers in school? Lmao!!

Matthew Vann
Matthew Vann

Was the dirt trail there? South of the track? East on Peoria?

Ben Djbeng Maestas
Ben Djbeng Maestas

It's too bad teachers don't get paid what they're really worth. Maybe she will get a huge photo shoot offer now. This will prove she's not at dumb as everyone thinks.

Ruth Hartsell
Ruth Hartsell

Matthew Vann, I graduated from Overland in 1984, long before the additions were done to the building, we didn't have cops as hall monitors, and the vines on the fence along Peoria only covered 2 sections of fence. Our swim team used Utah Pool for practices and meets. We weren't allowed to wear shorts, except the last day of school. Hell, you couldn't even wear sweats if you weren't in PE. Frau Schmitz insisted that only German be spoken in her classroom. And, we had a smoking area in the student parking lot. Jessica Hunt, someone goes to college to be a teacher, not necessarily a HS teacher. I believe young teachers should start their careers teaching elementary school, start at 1st grade and work your way up. There should be at least 10-15 years of age separation between student and teacher. It's hard for HS students to have the appropriate level of respect for someone so close to their age. It is also hard for very young HS teachers to immediately have a sense of professionalism toward their students or the students' parents. I have raised 5 kids; the oldest graduated in 2004, our last will start HS next year. In that time, I have dealt with all ages of teachers, including some first year teachers at the HS level.

Melissa Kiedis
Melissa Kiedis

Karen, you're an idiot. She was my teacher too and she was an amazing one at that.

Matthew Vann
Matthew Vann

Ruth, Overland has had crazy teachers for quite a bit. That's interesting to know you graduated from Overland. I am curious to know how it different it was.

Matthew Vann
Matthew Vann

Lol. The whole school pretty much stuck up for her.

Carlye Reed
Carlye Reed

Tessa Demidovich this is Mr Mckinney's daughter

Karen Cunningham
Karen Cunningham

Lol shocker that the only people sticking up for her are the dudes. ^^ I'm sure she was a great teacher and really "helped" you lol. And not just with linear equations know what I'm saying? XD

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

22 years old, buy them books send them to school and they don't have the brains to understand that if your going to be a teacher it's probably best not to talk about drugs and post your naked ass on any social media outlet regardless of the privacy laws because it don't take a rocket scientist to know that those two worlds will always collide. Shot Gun Willy's is hiring Crunky

Ruth Hartsell
Ruth Hartsell

That's a shame. I graduated from that school.

Mandee Celeste Stone
Mandee Celeste Stone

DPS math fellows hire too young of teachers. I was friends with this crazy chick who was a math fellow teacher and she was a big time dinner and mentally instable. She lived next to me, I had to take a knife or of her hands during on of her melt downs. ... they just don't take the time to find out who they are hiring

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

Makes "Hot for teacher" realistic. But she has to be the dumbest teacher in recent years.

Matthew Vann
Matthew Vann

Trust me, there are teachers who do worse shit at Overland, her mistake was that she publicized it.

Kyler Jackson
Kyler Jackson

She was hired as a Denver Public Schools math fellow last year. Apparently the kids were the only ones who recognized her.

Ruth Hartsell
Ruth Hartsell

The article stated she was in her probationary period. She is 23 years old, according to the article. At 23 how long could she have been teaching? My opinion, high school teachers should be at least 30 years old.

Dawne Flanagan
Dawne Flanagan

doesn't matter. there are other great teachers out there who don't seek to have their need for validation sated with inappropriate behavior.

Yvonne Fifo
Yvonne Fifo

I'm a high school teacher. There are some "unwritten contracts" that come with this job. Included are both common sense and a healthy moral compass.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Freedom isn't exclusive to one side of this coin. She's not charged or in jail for anything

Sarah Feinman
Sarah Feinman

So why is it being posted again if this an old story? What is the "guess?"

David Alley
David Alley

Or is she being slut shamed? Nope. Her behavior deserves condemnation.

Kerri Peek
Kerri Peek

This is a story from March 2014??

Dawne Flanagan
Dawne Flanagan

it *is* a free country.. and her boss decided he/she didn't want the school to be associated with that. her job is not a privilege.

Dawne Flanagan
Dawne Flanagan

clearly she doesn't understand PR. nor professionalism. nor cares that her students are oogling her, talking shit about her behind her back and most importantly not taking her seriously. her racy twitter feed creates a distraction that need not be introduced to a school environment. . they have enough issues in public school without someone declaring they have a right to behave like a whore in their private life.

Kevin Whorton
Kevin Whorton

wish i had cool teachers like that back then

Stacy Gines
Stacy Gines

Truly, no brain.There are certain things you just don't do if you teach.

Fritz Runge
Fritz Runge

can't do that if you're a teacher, period.

Jackie Minor
Jackie Minor

It's a personnel issue, they legally can't give any info. But as an HR professional, this is definitely cause for dismissal and she was done a favor to have been on paid leave for so long...

Neezy
Neezy

She's 23! What else do you idiots expects? Seriously!

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