BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 7:17 p.m. Twitter reports that her account no longer exists.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A former Boca Raton High School cheerleading coach, now teaching at an area private school, is the subject of scrutiny for her tweets about President Biden, Masks, Guns and one invoking “The Lord.”
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Katy Carpinello is an instructor at prestigious St. John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton. Parents and community members contacting BocaNewsNow.com say her tweets are inappropriate for a teacher. No one questions her right to opinions, but those expressing concern say teachers should not be using social media to discuss politics — or weaponry — in a forum that students can see.
Carpinello did not respond to a request for comment sent to her school email address. Her tweets, and profile, are public.
Among the Tweets using the handle @ThisIsNotKaty:
“Shotguns are a girl’s best friend.”
“Honestly, I just wanna play some beer pong.”
A response to someone who appears to be one of Ms. Carpinello’s students discussing an upcoming AP exam. (We have redacted the name and photo of the student):
A back and forth with someone who appears to be a student suggesting that she goes with him to the “prom.” Ms. Carpinello responded.
”This guy is a joke,” referring to President Biden.
”Chipotle has gone digital. My only thought for this is to avoid people using their establishment without masks.”
Referring to a BocaNewsNow.com article about masks in Palm Beach County Schools, “Masks in schools are just for show. This is a joke.”
“I still can’t believe the media tricked us all into hiding in our houses for a year.”
And stating that “I am doing the Lord’s Work” by suggesting to someone that they listen to “The Killers.” (The issue isn’t the music — the song ‘Somebody Told Me’ hit 24 on Billboard’s Top 40 — it’s mocking “The Lord’s Work” while working at a religious school).
A senior administrator at St. John Paul II Academy confirmed to BocaNewsNow.com on Wednesday that Carpinello is an instructor at the school. It was unclear whether the school was notified about the tweets prior to our inquiry. The administrator stated that the school “absolutely” has a policy about political and controversial speech.
“We take that very seriously,” said the administrator who also said the school is enforcing its mask policy.
The Palm Beach County School District confirmed that Carpinello served as a cheerleading coach at Boca Raton Community High School until January. A spokesperson could not comment on why Carpinello left her position mid year.
St. John Paul II Academy describes itself this way: “Saint John Paul II Academy is founded and operated under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Palm Beach and is formed by the charism of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Our school is staffed by dedicated lay teachers who are committed to the education of young people in a Catholic, Christian setting guided by the traditions of Saint La Salle and the Brothers. Recipients of a Lasallian education learn to witness to their Catholic Christian identity, stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized by injustice, foster a community of faith, and celebrate the value and dignity of each person.”
We will update if we receive a comment from Ms. Carpinello.
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