Metro Nashville Public School board member Will Pinkston reportedly thinks that people who complain to him about the latest goings-on at the school system are “nitwits.”
This, according to the Nashville-based NewsChannel 5, which publicized a series of tweets Pinkston recently released.
“An email sent to Metro School Board members on Tuesday criticizing MNPS leadership set off a flurry of tweets and responses from School Board member Will Pinkston, referring to apparent critics as ‘broke nitwits,’” the station reported.
“The email sent to school board members by David Jones was later posted on Twitter, which prompted the response from Pinkston.”
“’I like making nitwits meltdown on Twitter,” Pinkston wrote in a tweet.
“It’s kind of a thing.”
Pinkston, when tweeting again, said Jones has no right to criticize as he does not live in Davidson County.
“I’ve got enough to do without fielding bone-headed missives from Rutherford County,” the station reported Pinkston as tweeting.
Jones wife Katie, though, said she is a tenured teacher who works for the Metro Nashville Public Schools.
“Your response to the email is both shocking and unprofessional,” the station reported Katie Jones as saying when she wrote back.
“As a teacher, if I responded to a parent in that manner, I would be reprimanded. Katie asked, “What is your consequence?”
Pinkston reportedly responded with “I’d nominate you for a blue ribbon award for standing up to nitwittery.”
Pinkston then reportedly encouraged the teacher to talk to him offline.
NewsChannel 5 said another Twitter user apparently threatened legal action against Pinkston for his comments. To that Pinkston said “If some broke nitwits want to sue me to unblock them on Twitter, it’ll show how obsessed they are. I’m thinking this lawsuit could be styled — “Nitwits v. Pinkston For Schools (2019).” Now I just need to start a legal defense fund. Sigh.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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