Carly McKinney, a 10th grade math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, has been placed on administrative leave after a local news station found half-naked pics, photos of the 23-year-old smoking pot and inappropriate Tweets under the handle @CarlyCrunkBear on the internet. Even though pot is legal for personal use in the state of Colorado, the school is investigating whether McKinney brought pot on campus. Lamely, McKinney is claiming that her Twitter account was a parody that her friend was tweeting from and that she never brought drugs onto the school’s campus.
The 23-year-old teacher regularly tweeted about smoking weed and used hashtags largely associated with rave and drug culture, like #PLURVibes.
She also regularly tweeted revealing photos of herself.
Some of Carly McKinney’s students don’t think she should be punished for what she pursues in her free time outside of school hours. “It’s a teacher that’s only five or six years older than our oldest students,” an Overland High School student named Shaun. “So we kind of relate to her on a personal level.”
Even some of McKinney’s fellow teachers say that they support her right to free speech and don’t think she should be fired over her tweets.
The #FreeCrunkBear” hashtag comes from McKinney’s now deleted Twitter page where she went by @Crunk_Bear. Here are some of the supportive tweets since the news broke that McKinney’s behavior was going to be investigated by the school district
She also got some support from some other people in twitter, including Diplo
— diplo (@diplo) January 30, 2013
— edm (@edm) January 30, 2013