This is not the first time Bond has been accused of making derogatory remarks aimed at gay students. She also reportedly threatened to discipline students who did not bow their heads in prayer, and told pregnant students their “life is over.”
The district has yet to comment on whether Bond would reprimanded for her alleged comments.
UPDATE: ABC24 reports that Principal Bond has resigned. The school district released a statement saying the Haywood County Board of Education “strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards.”
An effective way to use Twitter is to have students tweet in character. Let’s look at a specific example based upon Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Divide your class into groups of about five students each and have a Romeo and Juliet tweetup. Assign each group a unique hashtag (i.e. #chsenglit11 for CHS English Literature Period 1 Group 1). If you are using TodaysMeet, create a separate room for each group. Then assign each student a character from the play. Each group will be assigned the same set of characters. In our example, you will now have several groups with a Romeo, a Juliet, a Mercutio, etc. For the assignment, have the students tweet in character about important parts of the play or even tweet new scenes. A directive might be, “Tweet your character’s thoughts immediately after Juliet’s wedding gets moved to the next morning (before she drinks the poison.)” Make sure they tweet in the Shakespearean writing style! This assignment could be a one-time event or a continuous assignment throughout the entire unit of study.