Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:18:24 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:04 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:04:28 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionFull Story >
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51.Full Story >
It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize.Full Story >
It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize because the bureau had improperly...Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:33 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:33:11 GMT
People affected by the massive tornado that killed at least 51 people and destroyed parts of Oklahoma still do not know where their loved ones are, but many of them are using social media to find out.Full Story >
People affected by the massive tornado that killed at least 51 people and destroyed parts of Oklahoma still do not know where their loved ones are, but many are using social media to find out.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:24 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:24:30 GMT
Overnight there will continue to be a chance of a storm, but overall, the nighttime should be quiet with a low in the low 60s. Full Story >
Yesterday's clouds limited high temps to the mid 80s and today will be similar. Full Story >
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – A Memphis kindergarten teacher is suspended without pay for comments she made about her students on her Facebook page.
Memphis City Schools parents were shocked when they saw the Facebook posts of Rainshaven Elementary School teacher Tameka Gatewood.
"See, stuff like this shouldn't go on in school," said Samuel Christian.
Monica Watson agreed.
"She needs to be up out of here. Because how can you do your job and that's what you think about students?" asked Watson.
In reference to two students insulting each other, Gatewood posted the following to her Facebook page:
"How bout I blasted both of them. The girl in my class hair is nappy almost every day and the boy wears dirty clothes, face nasty and can't even read. They didn't bother nobody else when I got through with them."
The students she is referring to – are kindergartners.
Another post reads, "If another parent tell me it's my job to teach their children, it's gonna be po po time."
"Po po" is slang for police.
In another post, she offers an alternative to turning the other cheek.
"What do you think you're supposed to do? Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit! Just kidding!! For real tho - slap their ass back then Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit," Gatewood posted on Facebook.
"It's a much bigger issue than Facebook. It's a much bigger issue than a teacher saying a kid has nappy hair," said MCS School Board Commissioner Kenneth Whalum.
City Schools Commissioner Kenneth Whalum says the real issue is a school environment in which a teacher thinks there are no repercussions for this type of behavior.
"Every major employer will tell you on the front end now, ‘We checking your Facebook page. We know what you're saying on Twitter,'" said Whalum.
But Memphis City Schools is not checking social media accounts.
There is no social media policy for the district, despite the city of Memphis enacting its own policy earlier this year that prevents city employees from posting comments that reflect negatively on the city or pose a risk for lawsuits.
That policy does not apply to city school employees.
"I agree we don't have a specific social media policy, but we do have ethics," said MCS School Board Commissioner Tomeka Hart. "We do have professionalism. We expect our teachers to act as adults whether they're in social media or otherwise."
Parents believe an actual policy could deter posts like these from being made in the first place.
MCS administrators declined to talk about that on camera, but released the following statement:
"We take this very seriously. When made aware of inappropriate online posts, once the person is identified as an MCS employee, swift appropriate action is taken according to board policy and law."
Weeks after Action News 5 alerted the district to Gatewood's posts, the district suspended her without pay pending the outcome of a tenure hearing.
A review of her personnel file shows she was reprimanded multiple times for insubordination early in her career with MCS.
In a 2002 letter to personnel, the principal at Sharpe Elementary School, where Gatewood worked at the time, pleaded with the district to remove Gatewood from her clerical job.
The letter said, "How many times does a person have to be insubordinate before action is taken?"
Six years later, Gatewood became an MCS teacher.
"I know it's a sign of much more serious problems that we seem to be loathe to address," said Whalum.
Parents say it is time to address it...and wonder how this teacher addresses her students in the classroom if she address them like this in public.
"That's ridiculous. I wouldn't want anyone like that teaching my child, over them, trying to teach them the value of life...period," said Monica Watson.
Action News 5's Anna Marie Hartman tried to talk to Tameka Gatewood several times. She never responded to her requests.
Gatewood's Facebook page has been removed.
What do you think? Would a social media policy keep comments like these off social media sites if violating the policy meant reprimand? Share your thoughts with us on the Action News 5 Facebook page or by using the commenting section below.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:49:54 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Around 3:00 a.m., a car flipped over on the highway, near the Kellogg exit, and hit the median. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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