Dr. Cicely Cobb began teaching English at Ahwatukee’s Desert Vista High School in Arizona, which she described as her ‘dream job,’ in the summer of 2012. Since then, she said it’s been a nightmare because she’s been subjected to harassment by both students and administrators.

“I do feel that I have been the victim of racial discrimination,” Cobb said. In February, Cobb filed a lawsuit against the Tempe Union High School District. Prior to the lawsuit being filed, a student posted a video to a social media site in January. It shows another student walking up to Cobb and tapping her on the head with a laminated bathroom pass.

“These children just had no respect for me or my authority,” said Cobb.

From KHOU:

She said the online abuse is even worse. One post on Twitter suggests Cobb, who’s African-American, sign up for an all black dating site. Another post said,”I think I accidentally took Dr. Cobb’s class on black history, instead of junior English.”

And, then there’s a picture posted to Twitter which Cobb said is a minstrel or black face depiction of her.

“The minstrel photo was absolutely sick,” she said. “Minstrel jokes were associated with my grandfather who was born in 1912 – that generation.”

The social media taunts also include a picture of Cobb, snapped by a student who posted it to Twitter with the caption, “Dr. Cobb sighted working the corner,” alluding to her being a prostitute. “That comment to me, from my perception, was extraordinarily sexist; extraordinarily racist,” Cobb said. “And, it hurt my heart.”

Since Cobb filed her lawsuit, she said students she doesn’t even know have joined the bandwagon with their mean-spirited tweets.

On May 2, one Twitter post accused Cobb of pulling the race card – while another post shows a picture of a Ku Klux Klan meeting, with the caption: “DV teacher meetings according to Dr. Cobb.”

“When you follow the herd and the herd is going the wrong way, going down that wrong path, it might be detrimental to your success,” Cobb said about what she would say to those students.

What Cobb said she finds even more disturbing is that she has noticed some parents have actually favorite several of these negative Twitter posts.


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  • Pillows McGee

    it seems as if this woman lacks authority all around. she needs a class on classroom management. I’m not excusing the students but I’m saying something is wrong with her management skills from jump that the student even felt comfortable enough to come up and tap her on the head with the pass. that action right there showed me they she doesn’t seem to have any type of authority

    also her manner of speech..something was off I can’t put my hands on, but I can tell you if she is speaking like that to the students, i can see why there is no respect there ..again not excusing the students just making observations.

    finally none of these seemed particularly racist to me (just my opinion) they are seemed like typical foolish mess teenagers say about their teachers but I may be biased. about a month ago, i was led down the youtube rabbit hole of watching videos where teachers read the tweets about them. there were fake ones and real ones and the things those kids said were way worse than a drawing and saying whatever these students said i can’t remember the first thing she said but I’m referring to that not the hooker comment which was in fact on par with what these students were saying