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School board suspends teacher over Ferguson comment

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The Tift County School Board handed down a suspension without pay for a teacher who left a "racially charged comment" on a Facebook post.

Kelly Tucker will be suspended for five days without pay.

The decision comes after the school board deliberated over what action to take until 11 p.m. Monday, and waited to continue deliberations Wednesday morning.

Tucker, who is a teacher at 8th Street Middle School in Tifton, commented on a post about the unrest in Ferguson.

The post in full:

"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."

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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