White West Virginia Teacher Refers To Teens In Facebook Live Torture Video “Obama’s Children” And Posts Tweets Against Muslims Before Being Suspended From Her Job.
Mary Durstein, a social studies teacher at Huntington High School, was asked to leave the campus on Monday after district officials in Cabell County were made aware of her vitriolic social media posts and comments dating back to at least 2015.
Posting under the user name ‘pigpen63,’ Durstein recently weighed in on a widely covered incident out of Chicago in which four black youths allegedly tortured a special-needs teenager and broadcast the attack on Facebook Live.
The suspects, Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24, were ultimately arrested on hate crime charges.
Someone posted a photo of the four suspects with the caption: ‘Imagine if these were 4 white people torturing a special need black kid!’
Durstein, who is white, commented on the post saying the alleged assailants ‘could have been Obama’s children,’ seemingly referencing the president’s statement from 2013, in which he famously said that unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead in Florida by George Zimmerman, ‘could have been my son.’
In response to another meme calling President Obama a ‘douchebag Muslim,’ Durstein wrote, ‘Exactly!’ reported the Herald-Dispatch.
Durstein frequently targeted Muslims in her outbursts.
In a tweet dated July 18, 2015, Durstein wrote: ‘Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact [sic]. They’re the enemy!’
The high school educator also repeatedly expressed support for deporting Muslims out of the US and railed against the Black Lives Matter movement.
When she was not lambasting minorities online, Durstein, who runs the Young Republicans Club at the high school, according to the station WSAZ, has been reportedly sending out tweets in support of President-elect Donald Trump.
One of her posts, cited by Charleston Gazette-Mail, gleefully stated, referring to Trump’s looming Inauguration on January 20, that there would be ‘no more political correctness after 1/20 can’t wait finally liberated.’
Durstein has been airing her views using the ‘pigpen63’ account for a couple of years now, but it was not until Sunday when students at Huntington High School took screen grabs of some of her more objectionable tweets and forwarded them to school administrators.
At the request of her superiors, Durstein on Monday deleted her Twitter account, but not before district officials had a chance to copy and save all of her tweets for further review.
Cabell County Superintendent Bill Smith condemned Mary Durstein’s conduct and said that her postings do not reflect the views of the school district, where he said ‘all children’ and adults are welcome, reported the Herald-Dispatch.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education, more than 200 black students are enrolled in Huntington High School.
Durstein is expected to meet behind closed doors with Smith and an attorney to discuss the scandal.
If the superintendent decides to discipline Durstein, the school board would have to hold a public vote on the punishment.
Cabell County Schools spokesperson Jedd Flowers said an investigation has been launched to determine whether the teacher has violated any district rules.
The Cabell County employee code of conduct states, in part, that all Cabell County professional employees shall ‘maintain a safe and healthy environment, free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, substance abuse, and/or violence, and free from bias and discrimination,’ ‘create a culture of caring through understanding and support,’ and ‘demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a high standard of conduct, self-control, and moral/ethical behavior.’
By SNEJANA FARBEROV FOR DAILYMAIL.COM