Martinez rips school official for Twitter comments

November 7, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has called out Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks over his social media remarks about Martinez’s education secretary, and Brooks has apologized.

Brooks suggested in a Twitter comment Tuesday to a KOAT-TV reporter that Secretary Hannah Skandera “head for the livestock truck.”

Skandera was participating in an education meeting at the high school in Moriarty that the reporter was covering.

Winston then tweeted “Moo, moo, oink, oink!!,” KOAT ( reported.

Brooks should be ashamed of himself, Martinez [auth] said Wednesday.

“All he’s doing is showing young girls and boys that it’s OK to do things like that,” Martinez said. “It’s not OK to behave that (way).”

The governor said women shouldn’t be treated that way, and she and the Albuquerque school board president demanded that Brooks apologize.

“It’s unfortunate, it’s uncalled for,” said Marty Esquivel, the board president.

Brooks did apologize, saying his tweets were a display of sick humor and he was embarrassed by what he called a lapse in judgment.

“I know I’m the leader of 90,000 kids and 14,000 employees and I’m really disappointed in myself,” he said.

Brooks and other educators have been at odds with Martinez’s administration over the state’s new teacher evaluation.

Skandera called Brooks’ Twitter comments “disparaging and disappointing.”

This is Brooks’ second Twitter brouhaha. He recently retweeted a photo of a protester with a sign depicting Skandera and the governor with bloodied fangs.

Esquivel said board members will discuss whether Brooks should be disciplined for this.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea for Mr. Brooks to be on Twitter,” Esquivel said.

Brooks said he is relatively new to Twitter and other social media, and he said he also doesn’t like being the subject of a personal attack.

“In hindsight, I see that it was wrong,” Brooks said. “I’m not making any excuses. I am sorry. I did what I did. I apologized to the secretary. I will try to do better.”

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