Vinita Hegwood

A Dallas-area teacher was fired Nov. 14 over a racially-charged tweet she sent regarding the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Vinita Hegwood, who is Black, was fired by the Duncanville Independent School District Board of Trustees on Nov. 14, one day after she resigned from her job as an English teacher at Duncanville High School, USA Today reported.

“Who the (expletive) made you dumb duck (expletive) crackers think I give a squat (expletive) about your opinions about my opinions RE: Ferguson? Kill yourselves,” Hegwood’s Nov. 7 tweet read.

In a statement released Nov. 13 by the Texas American Federation of Teachers announcing Hegwood’s resignation, she said the tweet came after “a series of threatening and racist attacks” made against her during a debate over Brown’s death on the social media site, according to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.


“My reaction in no way reflects the standards towhich I have held myself and my students for the last 20 years of teaching,” she wrote. “I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I regret the embarrassment that it has caused the school district.”

The Duncanville school board said in a statement that Hegwood was given an opportunity to explain her side of the story, The Los Angeles Times reported, but that the board voted unanimously to terminate her.

“Our focus at Duncanville ISD is educating our more than 13,000 students,” the school Board of Trustees said in the statement. “Our 794 teachers have been and will continue to engage in the business of educating our students.”