#FreeCrunkBear: Twitterverse rallies around Colorado teacher who posted racy tweets, photos

High school kids know how to get things done on Twitter. Take, for example, the successful hashtag campaign to urge New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to call a student who was seriously injured by a drunk driver. So, why not get #FreeCrunkBear trending?

https://twitter.com/KDVR/status/297447363730100225

Who is “Crunk Bear” and from what does she need to be freed? She’s Carly McKinney, aka “crunk_bear,” a 23-year-old math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., and she’s been suspended for posting partially nude photos to social media sites, as well as tweeting about having weed on school property and being “baked” while grading papers. Obviously, then, the kids love her. Students “kind of relate to her on a personal level” one student explained to a 9News reporter. But can she teach math? Has anyone thought to ask?

Twitter might have had a role in McKinney’s suspension, but will it play a role in putting her back in the classroom (if not a reality TV series)?

https://twitter.com/AKhan1241/status/297450117613633536

https://twitter.com/Brand0nStewart/status/297468416464408576

https://twitter.com/magic_clark/status/297465869347483648

https://twitter.com/xmikecaseyx/status/297457610775490560

https://twitter.com/DjWhatYouWill/status/297451600237170689

https://twitter.com/leifro/status/296891662569992192

https://twitter.com/obeyy_this/status/296297459578187776

https://twitter.com/Brianruppert/status/297465878809829377

https://twitter.com/AustinVesely/status/297449752331689985

Superstar DJ Diplo weighs in:

https://twitter.com/diplo/status/296756520216059904

https://twitter.com/diplo/status/296863238115692544

https://twitter.com/carlycrunkbear/status/297095661344665602

“Your the crunkest”? At least she’s not teaching English. (Update: Or is it a parody account? Please see the editor’s note at the end of this post.)

https://twitter.com/kaceraves/status/297055162105745409

One or two voices for decency have emerged among the hashtag mania.

https://twitter.com/kyleolson4/status/297416914706264065

Editor’s note: The Daily News reports that McKinney created the @CarlyCrunkBear account on Tuesday. However, Daily Dot reports that “an anonymous individual has created a @CarlyCrunkBear to impersonate the beleaguered teacher.” Twitchy has not yet confirmed which report is accurate.

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