Huntington High teacher suspended over racially charged tweets

A Huntington High School teacher is on paid leave because of controversial tweets.Social Studies teacher Mary Durstein was asked to leave school Monday after Cabell County school officials took complaints of her tweeting what could be considered racially offensive statements.

On a photo post that called President Obama a Muslim (expletive deleted), Durstein commented “Exactly!”

Another tweet reads “Who cares if we offend Muslims … At least they keep their heads on tact. They’re the enemy!”

Mary Durstein

Cabell County Schools spokesperson Jedd Flowers says they’re reviewing hundreds of the teacher’s tweets dating back two years ago, concerned she violated their code of conduct policy.

In one of her most recent tweets, dated Jan. 5, 2017, Durstein responded to a tweet that said “Can you imagine how many riots we would have around the country if the terrorists were white?” The tweet contained a photo of four black people, two males and two females, with the caption, “Imagine if these were 4 white people torturing a special need black kid!”

In her response, Durstein tweeted, “this could have been Obama’s children.”

She also retweeted posts that condoned deporting Muslims and spoke ill of those who support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Flowers said several students took to the social media site late Sunday, tweeting screenshots and showing disdain for Durstein’s actions.

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