Tara Richerson worked for a school district as a coach and mentor to new teachers. She was an active blogger, as well. One day she put up a post about a new co-worker:
Save us White Boy!… He comes across as a smug know-it-all creep. And that’s probably the nicest way I can describe him… And he’s white. And male. I know he can’t help that, but I think the District would have done well to recruit someone who has other connections to the community… Mighty White Boy looks like he’s going to crash and burn.
About another teacher who was a union official, Richerson blogged: “What I wouldn’t give to draw a little Hitler mustache on the chief negotiator.”
After a number of co-workers complained about Richerson’s postings attacking co-workers, the union, and the school district, and after several teachers said they would not work with her any more, the school district transferred and demoted Richerson. Richerson sued, claiming violation of her First Amendment right to free speech. But the federal trial and appellate courts ruled against her. The trial judge called Richerson’s behavior “salacious