Board deliberates Tifton teacher suspension

Board deliberates Tifton teacher suspension
(Source: WALB)
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Part of the comment at the center of the controversy (Source: WALB)
Part of the comment at the center of the controversy (Source: WALB)

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia teacher is appealing a 10 day suspension handed down because of a controversial Facebook post. Kelly Tucker, who teaches at 8th Street Middle School in Tifton, made the post about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

On December 6, Tucker commented on a Facebook post with racially charged remarks, according to the Tift County School Board's attorney.

The school deliberated the suspension appeal Monday until 11:00 at night, without coming to a decision. They will resume their deliberations Wednesday.

The post was read in the hearing as follows: "Its turned into a race matter. What about the thugs that beat the father in his vehicle because he didn't slow down? What about the thugs that shot the college baseball player because they were bored?  The list can go on and on. If the dude hadn't have stolen, he would be alive. I think signs should read, take the hood off your head and pull up your dang pants and quit impregnating everybody. I'm tired of paying for these sorry [expletive] thugs. I would much rather my hard earned money, that the government takes, go to people who need it, such as abusive adults with children. Not to mention the animals that they beat and fight too. That's all I'm saying. "

Tucker's comment was made on a post about a Ferguson protest parade. The school board attorney says it went viral and that it was offensive, violating code of ethics for educators.

Tucker's attorney, however, said no specific race was pointed out and that she was only speaking from opinion. He said the post was just one in a continuing dialogue.

The attorney also said there was another comment made by Tucker saying, "All lives matter."

Superintendent Patrick Atwater said beyond this incident, Tucker had was a great teacher.

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