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11:58 AM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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Aurora, CO (KUSA) - A Cherry Creek Schools teacher must explain to district officials why a Twitter page contained half-naked photos and a claim of possessing marijuana on school grounds.

9Wants to Know started asking questions about the CarlyCrunkBear (@crunk_bear) Twitter account after getting a tip from a viewer Monday.

Carly McKinney, a 23-year-old math teacher at Overland High School, admitted she agreed to create the account with a friend.

The Twitter page included provocative photos along with many posts about using drugs.

One post said "Naked. Wet. Stoned." Another indicated the poster was high while grading papers. An additional post even talks about having marijuana on school property saying, "Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot."

The Twitter account also included posts about working as a teacher, apparently posted during the school day. "Instead of being productive, I've been on Twitter..." the poster professes. A post that seems to be about a student says, "Just got called Ms. McCutie. Points for being clever, however you are still jailbait."

McKinney and a friend told 9Wants to Know by phone the Twitter account was meant to be a parody. McKinney says she was unaware of some of the posts her friend was making, and the teacher claims she never had drugs on campus.

Cherry Creek School District officials are now investigating whether the first-year math teacher violated school policies. They will meet with McKinney Tuesday morning to determine whether she will be allowed to return to her classroom.

The school district says employees are trained about social media use. They are given a rule of thumb: Don't put anything on the internet that you wouldn't put on your classroom chalkboard. At the same time, teachers also have first amendment rights to free speech, especially when it comes to personal social media sites.

The CarlyCrunkBear Twitter account was pulled from public view shortly after 9Wants to Know contacted McKinney. While she answered some preliminary questions on the phone, she declined an on camera interview. McKinney said she was not allowed to speak to the media without permission from school administrators.

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