Special education teacher removed from classroom after Facebook post

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A special-education teacher in the Torrance Unified School District has been removed from the classroom after infuriating parents with a Facebook post saying she was about to enter a meeting with "crazy parents" to discuss an autistic student whom the teacher describes as a "hot mess."

The teacher, Suzanne Hutton, said she was looking forward to ''hitting happy hour'' after work.

Hutton led a class of seven children with autism at Howard Wood Elementary School. The swiftness with which the district took action in her case underscores how quickly a social-media blunder can backfire in an age where every private person has a public platform.

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