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Students defend teacher in Twitter controversy

10:32 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA - Students at Overland High School in Aurora are coming to defense of a math teacher whose Twitter page contained half-naked photos of her.

Carly McKinney, 23, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after 9Wants to Know started asking questions about the CarlyCrunkBear (@crunk_bear) Twitter account.

McKinney is in her first year as a math teacher. She's still in her probationary period.

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Some students don't think she should be punished for what she does on her own time.

"It's a teacher that's only five or six years older than our oldest students, so we kind of relate to her on a personal level," Shaun, an Overland High School student, said.

The students have taken their protest to Twitter where "#freecrunkbear" has become a popular tag amongst the students.

Whether Ms. McKinney ever returns to the classroom is yet to be decided. It's frankly out of the hands of the students. But they're still hoping to send a message.

Other teachers say they support McKinney's right to free speech and don't think she should be fired for it. They do think what she did was not smart, and it has become a distraction in their classrooms.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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