A California high school teacher is back for the new school year despite allegedly posting a series of social media messages in which she vented this summer about wanting to stab her students, once complaining they “make my trigger finger itchy.”
“I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days,” reads another August tweet from the account reportedly belonging to Krista Arata Hodges, a history teacher at Newark Memorial High School.
The school issued Hodges, 39, a written reprimand, ABC station KGO-TV reported, but some parents believe that’s insufficient.
“As a teacher, I think that she should be held to a higher accountability than other people,” Lisa Roubineau told KGO.
“I’m a nurse, and I can’t vent about my patients on Facebook, so she shouldn’t be able to vent about her students either.”
Grandparent Wanda Williams said that while she doesn’t think Hodges would act on her words, she also shouldn't be allowed to teach there anymore.
It’s unclear whether further action will be taken, and the Newark Unified School District, where classes started Monday, declined to provide details when contacted by ABC News. In a statement, the district said it is aware of “comments posted online” by a teacher and has taken action, but declined to identify the teacher or specify what action has been taken.
Hodges has not responded to ABC News’ requests for comment.
The tweets were posted on a Twitter account with the name “Mrs. Hodges” and the handle @kree49. It has since been deleted, but screenshots of the messages have gone viral.
Students told KGO-TV that Hodges is a popular teacher and has apologized for the alarming messages.
“She told me that she’s very apologetic about it and she’s told me she regrets it and she definitely wasn’t serious about it,” senior Tristian Mosier said.
Another student said Hodges was probably just venting, and didn’t mean to threaten her students.