Community responds to Ashford teachers' leaked group chat

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ASHFORD, Ala. (WTVY) - Several Ashford High School teachers could be in trouble for text messages they appear to have sent to each other.

In those messages intended to be private there is the use of the "n" word.

And one teacher calls a student dumb.

It appears six teachers linked in a group text had no idea their conversation would become public.

So they spoke freely.

One teacher joked she plans to slap another employee.

The six teachers also discuss consequences of one student's sex life.

Perhaps the most damaging - use of the "n" word.

These texts became public when a student apparently recorded the group chat saved on a teacher's cell phone, then, without permission, shared their texts on Facebook.

The superintendent said he is talking to attorneys to decide how the school board wants to handle this.

Since WTVY reported this story at 6, it has reached more than 20,000 people on Facebook, and more than 300 people have shared their thoughts.

Alyssa Howell thinks students already know the teachers are talking about them.

Michelle Lewine is concerned about her tax dollars and goes on to say she hopes the teachers are fired.

Kevin McPherson is on the other side of the aisle on this one since the conversation was intended to be private.

WTVY did speak with one Ashford High parent in person Thursday night.

She didn't want to go on camera, but said her concern was that the teachers were texting this during school when they should be teaching.

Sewell says he may have more to say on the matter by Monday.