Bloomberg Law
Dec. 16, 2019, 6:14 PM

Teacher Fired for Political Tweets Can Pursue Free Speech Claims

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

An assistant superintendent with the Board of Education of Cabell County Schools must continue to face a high school teacher’s claim that she was illegally forced to shut down her Twitter account because of her anti-Muslim posts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled.

Mary Durstein claimed Todd Alexander violated the First Amendment by demanding three times that she immediately shut down the account, the court said. Alexander’s demands came following news reports that Durstein retweeted a post by conservative commentator Ann Coulter containing a photo of a Muslim man who had opened fire at ...