Top Latest Word Posts of 2013, No. 5: Teacher Carly McKinney revealed as Carly CrunkBear

Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 5. Read it as originally published.

January 29, 2013: Carly McKinney, 23, is a first-year math teacher at Overland High Schools, but her calculations related to a now-yanked Twitter account posted under the name CarlyCrunkBear don't add up. She reportedly considered it a parody account, but administrators at the Cherry Creek School District don't appear to find the flirty photos and drug references terribly amusing.

This is a look at McKinney's official staff photo, from the Overland website:

In contrast, here's her profile pic from her Twitter address, @crunk_bear; a quick-fingered Reddit user grabbed the shot before it vanished. Feel free to speculate about what she's smoking. Why'd @crunk_bear go away? Because a 9News reporter got a tip about the account and discovered several images likely to raise the temperatures of McKinney's young charges. Like, for instance, this one... ...and this one.... Also said to have been featured were a handful of tweets making drug references, like "Naked. Wet. Stoned" and "Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot."

Here's another one, as seen in another user's tweet:

When the reporter contacted McKinney, she said she and another person launched the account a few days earlier and denied putting up the more dubious photos. She also denied any on-campus drug use. Then, shortly after sending out this message...

[email protected]_bear was no more. It still lingers, though, in Twitter references that popped up after the 9News story aired. Continue reading for examples.

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