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First-grade teacher's blog uses 'f-word' 174 times

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Chatham County Public Schools has opened a new investigation into Gould Elementary School teacher Seth Kolodny after WTOC discovered a blog written by the teacher.

Kolodny has been suspended without pay for two months after school officials investigated a claim that he had kicked and hit a first-grade student.

School administrators had recommended firing, but the School Board voted Wednesday to suspend Kolodny instead.

Thursday, administrators began looking into a blog written by Kolodny and containing strong language, including 174 uses of the "f-word."

The blog isn't about teaching, it's about investing. In it, Kolodny goes on tangents about what makes him angry, including one 2010 post about women who tan, women he calls "whores" who "think they are princesses." He says they are, "the reason alcohol sells in this sluggish economy."

WTOC discovered the blog Wednesday night and called district officals for comment.

School district spokesman Kurt Hetager said the district's human resources department is investigating the blog to find out whether Kolodny holds himself out as a representative of the school district in it.

He said, "everyone has a right of First Amendment," and that the district's social media policy is to discipline employees only if they represent the school district in potentially offensive online posts.

Some parents are standing by Kolodny, who has taught at Gould for eight years and has a master's degree in early childhood education.

"My child loves that teacher," said Christy Pope, whose daughter has been in Kolodny's class. "He's always been nice to her. He's always been nice to the children."

But for Jessica Creech, who launched the initial investigation after claiming her son had a grapefruit-sized bruise after being kicked by Kolodny, the blog is reprehensible.

"For him to especially be an elementary teacher, and to be around kids of six or seven years old, he shouldn't be using any of that language," Creech said. "That blog shouldn't even be on the internet."

In a fair dismissal hearing Wednesday, Kolodny denied that he struck Creech's son.

WTOC reached out to Kolodny and to his attorney Thursday. They did not comment.

Kolodny's blog and Facebook page were taken down shortly after those calls were placed.

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