The fangs have come out in a fight over education reform in New Mexico with top APS officials sharing some ugly tweets about top state officials.
On one side, Gov. Susana Martinez and Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera say they're all about students succeeding.
On the other side are Albuquerque Public Schools top officials, who recently tweeted pictures painting Martinez and Skandera as vampires "sucking the life out of education."
"We're about protecting children from the constant, constant testing that has nothing to do with helping children, nothing," shouted a teacher at El Dorado High School during last week's rally.
Protestors call a new education-reform system for teachers and students excessive and wrong. To show their unhappiness, many held handmade signs by teachers, like one that showed Martinez and Education Skandera with fangs.
That image was tweeted by APS Finance Director Don Moya along with another image of a sign showing Martinez and Skandera attached to puppet strings. Moya called the sign "awesome." That tweet was shared by APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.
The governor's office calls the tweet inappropriate.
"Certainly she's been called much worse during her time as a prosecutor, and it's not something that's going to stop her or dissuade her from pursuing common-sense reforms that will improve student achievement," said Enrique Knell, spokesman for Martinez.
Brooks was hosting a conference of nationwide school officials Wednesday, However, an APS spokesperson said he would not comment on the tweet simply adding he meant no offense.
The APS spokesperson added, in light of using Twitter more often, they will have discussions with employees and leadership staff about guidelines for social media.
Larry Behrens, a spokesperson for the Public Education Department, shared a statement saying, "The secretary has not seen the tweets but is aware of them. It's a disappointing use of taxpayer dollars and this shouldn't be about name-calling or playing politics but rather about improving student achievement and helping our students succeed."
Protest organizer and APS board member Kathy Korte told KRQE News 13 she has no problem with the tweets being shared by the superintendent and that it's just another example of social media being used to spread the word about serious concerns.
Late Wednesday afternoon the tweets were still on Brooks and Moya's Twitter pages. Board of Education President Marty Esquivel said he doesn't think the tweet was appropriate, adding there's plenty of blame to go around on both sides. He said both sides need to raise the level of debate.