A California teacher who made threatening tweets about stabbing her students and how they “make my trigger finger itchy” was given a written reprimand and continues to teach at Newark Memorial High School.
Krista Hodges was given a written reprimand from the school district for her profanity-laced tweets. She apologized saying that her comments weren’t meant to be taken seriously, San Jose Mercury News reported.
"So happy to be done w/school for 10 days, but especially to be away from the ones who truly try my patience & make my trigger finger itchy," she tweeted on April 24.
"The problem w/teaching summer school is I'm gonna get all the (expletive) who failed my class, 2 of whom I wish would get hit by a car," she said on May 5.
"I already want to stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days," Hodges allegedly tweeted on June 23.
"I am getting Starbucks for sure before school tomorrow. That way I'll be refreshed AND have something to dump on the little a-holes," she wrote on June 23.
Hodges reportedly admitted she handled herself “unprofessionally.”
“Everyone knows I'm one of the most liked teachers on campus. And that's because I form meaningful and long-lasting relationships with my students,” she told San Jose Mercury News in an interview.
The school’s athletics club booster, Stacy Kelly, didn’t think so.
"If you feel that bad about your job and your students, maybe you should find a different career," Kelly told the newspaper.
In an email, Hodges claimed she "deeply regrets" the comments.
"I never expected anyone would take me seriously. If I had thought for one moment that someone would read anything I said on Twitter and take me seriously, you'd better believe I would have been much more careful with what I've said,” she told the paper.
She also claims she “would never touch a student.”
A psychologist told the paper that venting online doesn’t necessarily translate to real life violence.
"When people go online, it doesn't feel like the real world; it's almost an extension of their imagination where they can say almost anything they want," John Suler, a professor and specialist in cyberpsychology at Rider University, told the paper.
"It's a drama in your head that plays out online, and people lose the sense of perspective that there are actually real people listening to this and watching what I am saying."
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