Five AISD Teachers Placed on Administrative Leave After Social Media Post

AMARILLO - Five Amarillo ISD teachers are on administrative leave because of an internal investigation into a social media post.

It all started Thursday night at Joe Taco when one person allegedly overheard five Bivins Elementary teachers saying rude things about a student with disabilities and their mother.

Defense Attorney Jeremi Young said everything about this post, which he told us comes from an anonymous account, is completely false or taken grossly out of context.

Young said when the five teachers walked into Joe Taco they actually saw Amarillo ISD's General Counsel Attorney, Andrea Gulley, sitting a few tables away from them.

After being there for awhile, Young said the teachers noticed a man at the table directly next to Gulley, recording the teachers on his phone but did not think much about it.

According to Young, this person posting a video like this anonymously to Facebook exposes a larger problem with social media.

"Social media lacks some of the foundations that exist in other media, such as traditional journalistic media," Young said. "Where you check sources, you check the credibility and background of the individual that you're using as your source."

Young added regardless of the district's investigation, this post has caused lasting damage to these five teacher's reputations.

As for the student and mom allegedly being spoken about, Young told us he feels for them and cannot imagine what they are feeling.

School district officials would not comment on camera but did release this statement:

“Upon learning of the social media postings last week, AISD began an internal investigation into the allegations. Our district has clear expectations of professionalism from our staff. We hold our employees to the highest standards for confidentially of student information and appreciate our parents who partner with us in the education of their students. Because this matter concerns students and district personnel, we cannot release further information.” 

Tonight, KAMR Local 4's Zach Martin sits down with the mother to get her reaction to this incident.


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