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Five Amarillo ISD teachers on administrative leave following social media post

Five teachers in Amarillo ISD have been placed on administrative leave after a social media post went viral over the weekend. (ABC 7 Amarillo)

Five teachers in Amarillo ISD have been placed on administrative leave after a social media post went viral over the weekend.

The Facebook post claimed the teachers were discussing several of their students and their parents while at a local restaurant. The person who made the post said the discussion about the students was derogatory. That post has been shared more than 3,700 times as of Tuesday night.

On Monday, the man who posted a video and several photos of the teachers while having the alleged discussion had a meeting with AISD. A mother who claims her child was one of the students being discussed also met with the District. After those meetings, AISD decided to conduct an investigation.

The District released the following statement regarding the matter:

Upon learning of the social media postings last week, AISD began an internal investigation into the allegations. Our district has clear expectations of professionalism from our staff. We hold our employees to the highest standards for confidentially of student information and appreciate our parents who partner with us in the education of their students. Because this matter concerns students and district personnel, we cannot release further information.


The mother who believes her child was being discussed says she feels betrayed.

"As a parent of a child with disabilities, you put a huge amount of trust into the teachers, the schools, that take care of your child seven hours, eight hours a day," Angela Hartfelder, the mother who believes her child was a topic of the discussion, said. "I feel like I can never trust those individuals again."

An attorney who is representing at least one of the teachers said the claims about what was said aren't true. He said he is concerned about the damage the post is doing to the reputation of the teachers involved.

"Some of the words that he used in that post were in fact spoken at that table, but they were taken so grossly out of context," attorney Jeremi Young said.

Young said he is confident all five teachers will be able to return to work. There is no word on whether the administrative leave is paid or unpaid.


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