A Victorian primary school teacher Jonathan Kent has used Twitter to denigrate a female social commentator writing on declining teacher standards as a “whore”, to make racist attacks and spew out a steady stream of profanity and vulgarity.
A teacher at Essendon North Primary School, Kent promptly deleted his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, hoping to escape scrutiny and accountability for his social media sledging that could potentially see him disciplined by education authorities and potentially removed from teaching as an appalling example of misconduct and impropriety.
His wrath was provoked by an op-ed by a former banker arguing that teachers are underworked and overpaid, with arguments we didn’t agree and that in part were inconsistent but the piece was certainly lent validation by Kent’s example by slagging the author as a “whore”.
In another notable tweet, the teacher of impressionable primary school kids retweeted:
I just held the door open for an Asian man, and he said “sank you”. That fucker better not be talking about Pearl Harbor.
Despite all that unpleasantness and a regular spewing out of profane venom, Mr Kent expressed disparaging views of the cast of The Shire. He should perhaps aim to be the change he seeks.
In another Tweet incident investigated by ever-vigilant VEXNEWS Social Media Shame Investigations Unit, a “Tony Davidson” believed to be the alias of a Victorian state Liberal staffer who has not been willing identify himself tweeted up a drunken storm over the weekend, making multiple unpublishable references to the Prime Minister’s genitals.
In an exclusive interview with VEXNEWS, “Tony” (almost certainly not his real name) admitted his drunken shame
VEXNEWS 19 Aug at 18:20: Hi Tony, can you please call on 0415 99 33 26 urgently, thanks Andrew
“Tony Davidson:” 19 Aug at 18:30: no
VEXNEWS: 19 Aug at 18:31 Lol, thanks for unusual reply, can talk this way if you like. Have been sent a number of tweets made by you last night, what prompted them?
“Tony Davidson” 19 Aug at 18:54: Never tweet while hammered
“Tony Davidson” should heed the cautionary tale of former Liberal Senator Scott Ryan staffer, talented young spinner Daniel Bevan who lost his job and political career after a few unpleasant tweets from an anonymous account that he admitted was one of his own. Bevan now works for Betfair, a job that pays twice as much as he was getting, where he is on a gruelling circuit of sporting events and corporate boxes. Not all fallen hacks would be so lucky or so talented that they could find such a golden parachute.