Scottsdale teacher resigns after tweeting about immigrants

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A Scottsdale teacher has resigned after she reportedly tweeted out an allegedly offensive message about immigrants.

Bonnie Verne was a third-grade teacher at Pardes Jewish Day School.

The school sent a message Tuesday saying:

"PJDS informed the school community that teacher Bonnie Verne resigned due to comments she recently made on her personal Twitter account."

School head Jill Kessler sent out the following letter to parents

"Dear Members of the Pardes Community,

I am writing to inform you that Mrs. Bonnie Verne has resigned her position as a third-grade teacher at our school. Bonnie deeply regrets having in recent days made comments using her personal social media account that were inappropriate, offensive, and unbefitting of a Pardes teacher. She believes, and the school concurs, that the best course of action, both for her and Pardes, is for her to resign immediately.

The leadership at our school deeply respects the rights of all citizens including those associated with the school to express their views, regardless of their political perspectives. However, with that right comes individual responsibility not to make hateful comments, which have no place in our school. To the contrary, words that demean and diminish other human beings run counter to the values this school holds dear including kavod, the respectful communication and treatment of all people.

To that end, the school maintains policies that make it clear that the personal remarks of faculty members must never, in any way, bring disrepute to the school or impinge on classroom activity. Those policies have been and will continue to be enforced diligently.

Mrs. Verne was a veteran teacher with twelve years of exemplary service and was appreciated by students and parents alike. We are certain that her political views never, in any way, found their way into her classroom.

Having identified a superb replacement teacher, we are confident that our standards of excellence will be maintained in the 3rd grade and throughout the school.

While I regret to having to bring this news to our Pardes community, I am as committed as ever to a promising future for our school."

Many people have been leaving angry comments on the school's Facebook page, regarding Verne's alleged tweets.

Those comments include:

"Bonnie Verne is not fit to be a teacher. She is racist and violent and has shown very poor judgment in her social media activities," and "She should be fired immediately."

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