Primary school teacher under investigation over offensive tweets

Wimbledon Guardian: Jackie Schneider (front) has landed herself in hot water over her tweeting Jackie Schneider (front) has landed herself in hot water over her tweeting

A primary school teacher is being investigated after a councillor reported her for sending "offensive" tweets during a public meeting.

Jackie Schneider, a teacher at Morden primary schools, Poplar and St Theresa's, was reported by Councillor Richard Hilton following a local party meeting she attended on January 21.

A self-confessed "prolific tweeter", Mrs Schneider live-tweeted the event to almost 4,000 followers, disputing UK Independence Party (UKIP) views on immigration, honour killings and tax.

In the seconds it took to tweet: "58 white people listening to Merton UKIP councillor blaming spending on translation services", Mrs Schneider had brewed a political storm.

The following morning she was informed by her head teacher an official complaint had been made against her and the school was investigating.

Wimbledon Guardian: UKIP Councillor Richard Hilton

Councillor Richard Hilton: "Not something I expect from a Merton school teacher"

Coun Hilton (UKIP) said: "This complaint relates to a number of comments made by this employee, in particular a series of offensive tweets about Merton residents who attended the UKIP meeting in my ward.

"She referred to them as "foaming at the mouth", she belittled issues such as honour killings, and made political points based on the racial background of people at the meeting.

"Not only, was the individual deliberately misrepresenting those in attendance by referring only to white people at the meeting while ignoring those from other ethnic backgrounds but I also ask what does the colour of their skin have to do with it?

"I do not agree with anyone who engages in political point scoring based on race, this is the politics of the BNP and is certainly not something I expect from a Merton school teacher."

Mrs Schneider said she went along to the public meeting to hear them out and suggest some alternatives.

She said: "When it was time for discussion I challenged some of their views and some people shouted me down but most people were happy for me to speak.

"I never for one second claimed to speak on behalf of the borough of Merton. I said I found it offensive the way some of the children were being described as "immigrants".

"I think it's a mistake to blame the most vulnerable people so I wanted to go and challenge them."

Mrs Schneider has been told by her school to stop using social media while they investigate.


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5:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

This lady should be congratulated for her bravery in standing up to the agents of Fascism. Just as the EU threatens to remove the pensions of ex-employees who criticize it UKIP want to mobilize the forces of the council against one lone woman. Hilton looks like a big man but seems to be something more like a crybaby than a realist.
This lady should be congratulated for her bravery in standing up to the agents of Fascism. Just as the EU threatens to remove the pensions of ex-employees who criticize it UKIP want to mobilize the forces of the council against one lone woman. Hilton looks like a big man but seems to be something more like a crybaby than a realist. alphabeti
  • Score: 21

6:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DCANeale says...

I fully support her right to have a personal life and tweet in a personal capicty
I fully support her right to have a personal life and tweet in a personal capicty DCANeale
  • Score: 36

7:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Daggle says...

What an admirable woman! Ready to stand up to the bigots and racists of UKIP. We should give her a medal!
What an admirable woman! Ready to stand up to the bigots and racists of UKIP. We should give her a medal! Daggle
  • Score: 21

8:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

geoffbrock says...

So - vote UKIP and forget free speech.
So - vote UKIP and forget free speech. geoffbrock
  • Score: 30

8:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

What a silly old MARXIST. I wouldn't want my child taught by a multiculturalist.
What a silly old MARXIST. I wouldn't want my child taught by a multiculturalist. Realist75
  • Score: -30

8:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

She looks like your typical leftie guardian reading moron.
She looks like your typical leftie guardian reading moron. Realist75
  • Score: -21

9:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you!
Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you! Realist75
  • Score: -6

11:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Varjak says...

I'm very proud of my wife for standing up to these UKIP bullies. It seems they really don't like it when someone challenges their nasty views. Just 3 days ago Merton marked National Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at which holocaust survivors described how the road to Auschwitz starts with the stereotyping and demonisation of minority groups. The booklet handed out at that event says that the first step on the path to genocide involves creating "a division between 'us' and 'them'. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different". So I think Jackie was absolutely right to speak up when she heard a UKIP MEP describing Roma immigrants as "alcoholics, drug addicts, vagrants".
I'm very proud of my wife for standing up to these UKIP bullies. It seems they really don't like it when someone challenges their nasty views. Just 3 days ago Merton marked National Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at which holocaust survivors described how the road to Auschwitz starts with the stereotyping and demonisation of minority groups. The booklet handed out at that event says that the first step on the path to genocide involves creating "a division between 'us' and 'them'. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different". So I think Jackie was absolutely right to speak up when she heard a UKIP MEP describing Roma immigrants as "alcoholics, drug addicts, vagrants". Varjak
  • Score: 20

6:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

Varjak wrote:
I'm very proud of my wife for standing up to these UKIP bullies. It seems they really don't like it when someone challenges their nasty views. Just 3 days ago Merton marked National Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at which holocaust survivors described how the road to Auschwitz starts with the stereotyping and demonisation of minority groups. The booklet handed out at that event says that the first step on the path to genocide involves creating "a division between 'us' and 'them'. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different". So I think Jackie was absolutely right to speak up when she heard a UKIP MEP describing Roma immigrants as "alcoholics, drug addicts, vagrants".
I've never heard so much twaddle in all my life. You deluded liberal , looks like you're happy with the mass immigration Zionist program going on in the uk? You are blind as well as foolish.
[quote][p][bold]Varjak[/bold] wrote: I'm very proud of my wife for standing up to these UKIP bullies. It seems they really don't like it when someone challenges their nasty views. Just 3 days ago Merton marked National Holocaust Memorial Day with an event at which holocaust survivors described how the road to Auschwitz starts with the stereotyping and demonisation of minority groups. The booklet handed out at that event says that the first step on the path to genocide involves creating "a division between 'us' and 'them'. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different". So I think Jackie was absolutely right to speak up when she heard a UKIP MEP describing Roma immigrants as "alcoholics, drug addicts, vagrants".[/p][/quote]I've never heard so much twaddle in all my life. You deluded liberal , looks like you're happy with the mass immigration Zionist program going on in the uk? You are blind as well as foolish. Realist75
  • Score: -26

8:26am Fri 31 Jan 14

Mordenman says...

What a pathetic little man Councillor Richard Hilton is. If he doesn't like his narrow minded, bigoted little Englander views challenged then he should get out of politics. That is what democracy is all about. Either that or grow up.

As for Merton Council, this is nothing to do with them. What an employee does in their own time in their personal capacity is no business of the council. Any costs incurred in dealing with this charade should be passed on to Richard Hilton or to Merton UKIP. Perhaps they could start selling armbands to help with costs of the councillor's posturing?
What a pathetic little man Councillor Richard Hilton is. If he doesn't like his narrow minded, bigoted little Englander views challenged then he should get out of politics. That is what democracy is all about. Either that or grow up. As for Merton Council, this is nothing to do with them. What an employee does in their own time in their personal capacity is no business of the council. Any costs incurred in dealing with this charade should be passed on to Richard Hilton or to Merton UKIP. Perhaps they could start selling armbands to help with costs of the councillor's posturing? Mordenman
  • Score: 13

9:18am Fri 31 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

Mordenman wrote:
What a pathetic little man Councillor Richard Hilton is. If he doesn't like his narrow minded, bigoted little Englander views challenged then he should get out of politics. That is what democracy is all about. Either that or grow up.

As for Merton Council, this is nothing to do with them. What an employee does in their own time in their personal capacity is no business of the council. Any costs incurred in dealing with this charade should be passed on to Richard Hilton or to Merton UKIP. Perhaps they could start selling armbands to help with costs of the councillor's posturing?
Oooh... an armband would go down a treat with the sort of person who terms themself a realist and bandies words like 'Zionist' around as an insult. Perhaps a fetching number in red, white and black would suit.
[quote][p][bold]Mordenman[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic little man Councillor Richard Hilton is. If he doesn't like his narrow minded, bigoted little Englander views challenged then he should get out of politics. That is what democracy is all about. Either that or grow up. As for Merton Council, this is nothing to do with them. What an employee does in their own time in their personal capacity is no business of the council. Any costs incurred in dealing with this charade should be passed on to Richard Hilton or to Merton UKIP. Perhaps they could start selling armbands to help with costs of the councillor's posturing?[/p][/quote]Oooh... an armband would go down a treat with the sort of person who terms themself a realist and bandies words like 'Zionist' around as an insult. Perhaps a fetching number in red, white and black would suit. alphabeti
  • Score: -5

10:30am Fri 31 Jan 14

Fotzepolitic says...

Realist75 wrote:
Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you!
Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you!

Naw, is that how UKIP sees itself? As "saving" the poor deluded lefties from having foreigners as neighbours?
[quote][p][bold]Realist75[/bold] wrote: Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you![/p][/quote]Ooh the bigots , racists , nazis, fascists ..... Pmsl. Lots of left wing loonies on here tonight. You deluded clowns, there's no saving you! Naw, is that how UKIP sees itself? As "saving" the poor deluded lefties from having foreigners as neighbours? Fotzepolitic
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

Shame on you lefties! Deluded morons. You are so detached from reality it's unbelievable. Thank god you're the minority.
Shame on you lefties! Deluded morons. You are so detached from reality it's unbelievable. Thank god you're the minority. Realist75
  • Score: -19

12:27pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Realist75 says...

Ukip are not even right wing before you creeps start foaming at the mouth with cultural marxist quotes... Their flipping choir boys! But better them than we are run by a load of socialist globalists!
Ukip are not even right wing before you creeps start foaming at the mouth with cultural marxist quotes... Their flipping choir boys! But better them than we are run by a load of socialist globalists! Realist75
  • Score: -16

7:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

tiredvery says...

If more people were as brave as this lady, our society would be a much nicer and less selfish place. Bravo Jackie Schneider! Keep standing up to the bullies.
If more people were as brave as this lady, our society would be a much nicer and less selfish place. Bravo Jackie Schneider! Keep standing up to the bullies. tiredvery
  • Score: 12

9:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Surreydon says...

What a stupid woman, and she's a teacher!
I can only guess at the twaddle she's feeding to her young charges. But then I guess that's absolutely fine with the loony lefties.......
What a stupid woman, and she's a teacher! I can only guess at the twaddle she's feeding to her young charges. But then I guess that's absolutely fine with the loony lefties....... Surreydon
  • Score: -10

11:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BBeennddyy says...

Trust UKIP to use anything they can do to take the focus away from them and what they have to say.
Trust UKIP to use anything they can do to take the focus away from them and what they have to say. BBeennddyy
  • Score: 6

9:35am Sat 1 Feb 14

Surreydon says...

Wow, only two negative votes so far!
Come on you lot, put on your rose-tinted glasses, and hit that button ;)
Wow, only two negative votes so far! Come on you lot, put on your rose-tinted glasses, and hit that button ;) Surreydon
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Sat 1 Feb 14

bikerboy36 says...

If the reported Tweet is what we are talking about, it doesn't sound offensive but like a statement of fact?
If the reported Tweet is what we are talking about, it doesn't sound offensive but like a statement of fact? bikerboy36
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Sat 1 Feb 14

DoctorJo says...

Mrs Schneider has taught my children and I can tell you I would far rather she was their teacher than Richard Hylton! I am disappointed in Mr Hylton, who incidentally has no electoral mandate to be a UKIP councillor since he was voted in a Conservative and did not do the courtesy of allowing the electorate to decide if they wanted him to represent them under a UKIP banner.

Anyone who actually read the original tweets will know that what Mrs Schneider wrote was completely innocuous: except if you are UKIP. Her tweets raised some very unpleasant issues about UKIP. God help us all if such freedom of speech is punished.
Mrs Schneider has taught my children and I can tell you I would far rather she was their teacher than Richard Hylton! I am disappointed in Mr Hylton, who incidentally has no electoral mandate to be a UKIP councillor since he was voted in a Conservative and did not do the courtesy of allowing the electorate to decide if they wanted him to represent them under a UKIP banner. Anyone who actually read the original tweets will know that what Mrs Schneider wrote was completely innocuous: except if you are UKIP. Her tweets raised some very unpleasant issues about UKIP. God help us all if such freedom of speech is punished. DoctorJo
  • Score: 19

7:58am Sun 2 Feb 14

Realist75 says...

BREAKING NEWS.... Shock horror that extreme lefties don't agree with the silent majority.! The silent majority that have been dumbed down by persistent P.C bashing from the upper class and left wing loony traitors. Your time is up!
BREAKING NEWS.... Shock horror that extreme lefties don't agree with the silent majority.! The silent majority that have been dumbed down by persistent P.C bashing from the upper class and left wing loony traitors. Your time is up! Realist75
  • Score: -8

4:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

tiredvery says...

Just wondering realist75 ... are YOU the delightful UKIP councillor who has put in the complaint? Would kind of explain the nasty tone in your comments.
Just wondering realist75 ... are YOU the delightful UKIP councillor who has put in the complaint? Would kind of explain the nasty tone in your comments. tiredvery
  • Score: 8

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