Thursday, March 6 2014 11:49 PM EST2014-03-07 04:49:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Police are responding to a shooting call at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. Action News 5 is working to learn more. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest. Get the latest from Action NewsMore >>
A shooting sent security guards running through the Oak Court Mall during the dinner hour Thursday evening. Witnesses say the guards told everyone to get inside a store and take cover.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:48 PM EST2014-03-07 04:48:03 GMT
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team. But their effort has Not gone unnoticed. Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn is named to the AAC's first team All-Conference,More >>
It's been a season of learning for the youthful University of Memphis Women's basketball team.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-03-07 04:27:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year. "We purchased our homeMore >>
Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-07 02:21:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts. SuperintendentMore >>
Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal districts.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – A Memphis kindergarten teacher is suspended without pay for comments she made about her students on her Facebook page.
Memphis City Schools parents were shocked when they saw the Facebook posts of Rainshaven Elementary School teacher Tameka Gatewood.
"See, stuff like this shouldn't go on in school," said Samuel Christian.
Monica Watson agreed.
"She needs to be up out of here. Because how can you do your job and that's what you think about students?" asked Watson.
In reference to two students insulting each other, Gatewood posted the following to her Facebook page:
"How bout I blasted both of them. The girl in my class hair is nappy almost every day and the boy wears dirty clothes, face nasty and can't even read. They didn't bother nobody else when I got through with them."
The students she is referring to – are kindergartners.
Another post reads, "If another parent tell me it's my job to teach their children, it's gonna be po po time."
"Po po" is slang for police.
In another post, she offers an alternative to turning the other cheek.
"What do you think you're supposed to do? Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit! Just kidding!! For real tho - slap their ass back then Bang! Bang! Shoot 'em up dammit," Gatewood posted on Facebook.
"It's a much bigger issue than Facebook. It's a much bigger issue than a teacher saying a kid has nappy hair," said MCS School Board Commissioner Kenneth Whalum.
City Schools Commissioner Kenneth Whalum says the real issue is a school environment in which a teacher thinks there are no repercussions for this type of behavior.
"Every major employer will tell you on the front end now, ‘We checking your Facebook page. We know what you're saying on Twitter,'" said Whalum.
But Memphis City Schools is not checking social media accounts.
There is no social media policy for the district, despite the city of Memphis enacting its own policy earlier this year that prevents city employees from posting comments that reflect negatively on the city or pose a risk for lawsuits.
That policy does not apply to city school employees.
"I agree we don't have a specific social media policy, but we do have ethics," said MCS School Board Commissioner Tomeka Hart. "We do have professionalism. We expect our teachers to act as adults whether they're in social media or otherwise."
Parents believe an actual policy could deter posts like these from being made in the first place.
MCS administrators declined to talk about that on camera, but released the following statement:
"We take this very seriously. When made aware of inappropriate online posts, once the person is identified as an MCS employee, swift appropriate action is taken according to board policy and law."
Weeks after Action News 5 alerted the district to Gatewood's posts, the district suspended her without pay pending the outcome of a tenure hearing.
A review of her personnel file shows she was reprimanded multiple times for insubordination early in her career with MCS.
In a 2002 letter to personnel, the principal at Sharpe Elementary School, where Gatewood worked at the time, pleaded with the district to remove Gatewood from her clerical job.
The letter said, "How many times does a person have to be insubordinate before action is taken?"
Six years later, Gatewood became an MCS teacher.
"I know it's a sign of much more serious problems that we seem to be loathe to address," said Whalum.
Parents say it is time to address it...and wonder how this teacher addresses her students in the classroom if she address them like this in public.
"That's ridiculous. I wouldn't want anyone like that teaching my child, over them, trying to teach them the value of life...period," said Monica Watson.
Action News 5's Anna Marie Hartman tried to talk to Tameka Gatewood several times. She never responded to her requests.
Gatewood's Facebook page has been removed.
What do you think? Would a social media policy keep comments like these off social media sites if violating the policy meant reprimand? Share your thoughts with us on the Action News 5 Facebook page or by using the commenting section below.
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:50 AM EST2014-03-06 12:50:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence. Along with various drug-related crimes, Adams has served in jail for a varietyMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:39 PM EST2014-03-06 03:39:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening. Some drivers are using alternative methods to ease their mind from standstill stress, like aMore >>
Traffic along Interstates 40 and 55 in Arkansas was still slow and go as of Wednesday evening.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:45 AM EST2014-03-06 09:45:02 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An indictment was handed down Wednesday of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder on Zachary Adams in connection to the disappearance of Holly Bobo.Watch the news conferenceMore >>
A grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Zachary Adams with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with the three-year disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:46 AM EST2014-03-06 09:46:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - SCS announced all but 10 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools. Ten schools, however, will remain closed because theMore >>
SCS announced all but 11 schools will be in session Thursday, March 6. Bus lots can now be accessed and power is restored to all schools.More >>
Friday, May 18 2012 7:17 PM EDT2012-05-18 23:17:11 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More than 1,000 Action News 5 Facebook fans are rallying around a mother who feels Facebook is discriminating against photos she posted on the social media network of her son. Grayson JamesMore >>
UPDATE: A Mid-South mother has been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son.
Monday, February 17 2014 3:39 PM EST2014-02-17 20:39:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Millington police are investigating a homicide at Jones Orchard Sunday. According to investigators, the victim is a baby. Police are working at the orchard on Singleton Parkway. Action NewsMore >>
Millington investigators contacted Memphis Police Department crime scene investigators knowing they had been working a missing baby case since early January. More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:37 AM EST2014-03-06 10:37:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis. Neighbors tell Action News 5 they heard three loud gunshots around midnight.More >>
Police are searching for a person who killed a man in the 1700 block of Borden Drive, near Millbranch Road in Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:36 AM EST2014-03-05 11:36:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ. Cartrail was killedMore >>
A family is pleading for help to bury a life gone too soon. Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot and killed just days after his family says he surrendered his life to Christ.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 5:41 PM EST2014-03-06 22:41:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen Degeneres' Oscar selfie. More than two million people retweeted the photo of famous celebrities posed for a selfie Sunday night, and that sparkedMore >>
It's the photo seen around the world: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-03-05 23:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A suspect was shot by police in the 700 block of Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis. We understand this happened while the Bartlett Police Department was serving a warrant. Officers from Memphis andMore >>
A man was shot by Bartlett police officers, who were serving a warrant on Ledbetter Avenue in Memphis, Wednesday morning.More >>