Schools on both the high school and college levels are engaging in more monitoring of social media by students and teachers. The latest such case was reported in the Daily Herald involves Palatine High School's Jeanne Hedgepeth who criticized the rioting after the death of George Floyd and referring to the violence as a "civil war." She was fired by Township High School District 211 and is now suing the school district. The case raises some of the same issues as the recent firing of a teacher in Loudon county — a case on appeal after he was reinstated by a court.
Hedgepeth was writing on her own time and on her personal social media accounts. She made a series of controversial statements like comparing the term "white privilege" to the use of the N-word. She also referred to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as "race baiters."