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Social media posts may lead to a Danbury High School teacher's removal

Social media posts may lead to a Danbury High School teacher's removal.  Hearst Connecticut Media reports that health and physical education teacher Joe Hanna was told by district officials that he would be fired if he didn't quit. 

One of the social media posts in question used the n-word.  “I do regret saying that. My intent was not malicious,” Hanna said, adding he has heard the word used locally and in music. “... I made a poor judgment call because I’ve been conditioned all my life by rap culture. I went to Danbury High.” 

He also shared a meme about vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. One post supported building a wall.  Hanna said in the published report that he was trying to spread messages about issues like addiction, human trafficking and pedophilia.

Hanna told the publication that district officials felt his conduct would impact his teaching in the classroom.  He added that his observations reflect that he was a competent teacher.  Hanna was hired full-time early this year after being a long-term substitute. He previously taught at Henry Abbott Technical High School from 2010 to 2017.

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