Offensive 'Tweets' spark investigation into special education teacher

By: Chad Mira Email
By: Chad Mira Email

Panama City -- Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff's Office are looking into a number of offensive Twitter messages, that may have been posted in an attempt to embarrass and discredit a Bay County teacher. The messages first appeared last week, with the person posting the messages posing as a special education teacher from a Bay County middle school.

The postings referred to autistic students as "retards," and in other derogatory terms. The person posing as the teacher also complained about their job. People who read the tweets began forwarding them to Bay District School officials Monday. School officials investigated, and determined the whole incident was a hoax.

"We asked her, in order to verify what she was telling us, we asked her to bring her laptop in and get our tech guys to go back to the history of it, and see when she was logged on and she was logged on under a different name," Superintendent Bill Husfelt said.

The Twitter account user has now changed all of the information, removing the teacher's name and picture. Bay county Sheriff's officials won't comment on the case at this time.

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