Hazelwood Teacher Reinstated, but Uncertainty Surrounds Social Media and Educators

August 15, 2015

By Jack Witthaus at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • An area teacher is back on the job after profane tweets about baseball and Ferguson protests got her into trouble this week.

Special School District of St. Louis County announced Friday afternoon that Stacy Brixey would keep her job. The investigation is complete, district officials said, and Brixey will return to work.

She had worked at Hazelwood Central High School. At her request, she will take a different assignment within the Special School District, the announcement said.

On Tuesday, Brixey was placed on paid administrative leaveduring an investigation of quarrelsome messages on her Twitter account.

While Brixey’s case has been settled, debate continues about free speech for public employees on social media.

Todd Fuller, excutive director at the Missouri State Teachers Association, said Friday that Brixey’s situation resolved itself as he expected it would. But he said that the way teachers and public employees interact on social media was still up to debate in Missouri...