A JCPS teacher got roasted on social media for saying she is scared to be white now that duPont Manual High School Principal Jerry Mayes is being reassigned.

Tammy Crowder tweeted on Friday, “Today I am officially afraid to be white in America,” adding that  “@JCPSSuper just made horrible decision” to reassign Mayes after a monthslong investigation into allegations of racism.

“Lesson learned,” Crowder said in the now-deleted tweet from her professional account. “Always apologize for being white. #sorryfuturegenerations #scaredformywhiteson” She tagged JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio in the tweet.

JCPS announced Mayes’ reassignment to a noninstructional role Friday morning, but the full investigation and official cause of disciplinary action haven’t been released yet.

In an email to Insider on Monday night, Crowder explained it was her feeling for a day and doesn’t reflect how she feels about her students.

“It was my initial shocking reaction that my son’s awesome principal would not be there his final year because he was set up,” Crowder said.

Crowder deleted the tweet, apologizing and saying she meant to post it from her private account. Social media users began calling her out that night. 

In response, Hannah Drake tweeted, Crowder feels Mayes “being reassigned is a threat to her and her son’s Whiteness in America,” adding, “Someone make it make sense.”

Crowder is an ESL teacher at the ESL Newcomer Academy, a JCPS spokeswoman confirmed.

The Newcomer Academy specializes in sixth- through 10-grade students who are beginning to learn English. The students may have had limited education in their native countries and are in their first year in a U.S. school, according to the JCPS website.  

Newcomer Principal Gwen Snow, who acknowledged the comments without naming Crowder, said that school officials were taking them “very seriously,” but said they can’t comment on personnel issues in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday.

“The Newcomer Academy is a welcoming place for all students,” Snow said in the statement, adding that they “look forward” to implementing JCPS’ new racial equity policy.

The Newcomer Academy is majority Hispanic students, with only 11 percent of the student body identifying as white, according to the 2016-17 school report card.

Some on social media brought up the diverse student body in criticisms of Crowder, wondering how she could separate her thoughts from her work.

“She believes she can leave her views about being afraid to be White in America at home and then go to school and teach children from all walks of life, as if somehow that part of her very being is separate,” Drake said. “It’s not.”

“If this is what you say off the clock, how do you treat the kids you are supposed to be teaching?” another user said.

While Crowder apologized on Twitter and made her account private, a Friday post was still public on Crowder’s Facebook page on Saturday. Crowder called the Mayes decision an “attack on religion and race,” adding “#Constitutionisstillineffect.”

Social media users went after her there, too, supporting the decision to reassign Mayes and calling her #TextbookTammy. As of Monday morning, Crowder had made most of her Facebook, including her job information, private.

In a public Facebook thread discussing and mostly supporting Mayes, Crowder seemed to threaten legal action against JCPS.

“I’ve held back on taking legal action against Jefferson County for four years because I was afraid … Because I’m white,” Crowder wrote. She didn’t say why she wanted to take legal action.

A JCPS spokeswoman said the district hadn’t received any complaints about the decision to reassign Mayes.

This post has been updated to include a response from Crowder and to include the rest of her initial tweet. 

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy. Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern. Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies. Email Olivia at [email protected]