WEST FARGO -- A West Fargo special education teacher, a former Miss Montana who won her pageant title on a platform of inclusive education for students with disabilities, is being investigated by district officials for social media posts about her job and her students.
An anonymous group of self-described concerned parents sent a packet of printed-out Twitter posts to media and school officials late last week, including more than 20 pages of tweets from Sheridan Tihista, a special education teacher at Liberty Middle School.
In the tweets included in the package, Tihista frequently made references to her work with autistic children, calling mothers of autistic children “monsters” in one post and calling students “satan.”
She also disclosed and described interactions with students, sometimes dismissively. For instance, in one post she said the best part about teaching autistic students is she never has to change up her classroom routine because “we loooove routines!” In another, she posted an image of a text exchange showing someone saying they wanted “attention” as their Christmas gift, then wrote “Basically all my students.”