Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Forced to resign over facebook

This is a wild story, but somehow it seems completely plausible in Georgia. Do you think the teacher can make some dough in court? Barrow County must have something else on her.

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2009/11/13/barrow-teacher-done-in-by-anonymous-e-mail-with-perfect-punctuation/?cxntfid=blogs_get_schooled_blog

The journalist kind of misses the point by harping on whether a teacher wrote the email or not. Seems like the more important issue is that it was written anonymously, and the teacher didn't seem to do anything unlawful.

5 Comments:

Blogger Zig said...

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11/17/2009 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apalachee HS. My former employer. Classy.
mcsquared

11/18/2009 2:00 AM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

That's awesome. Wait, is he representing the school or the teacher?

It seems like this lady was being perfectly cautious (no students/parents as friends, etc). Definitely sounds like somebody got her railroaded.

11/18/2009 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Deuce, that there are other issues than the one the author focuses on, but I also think that the school district (implicitly or explicitly) lied by acting as if they had verified the identity of the writer and the veracity of the account (you cannot protect what you don't know). Plus that's the worst fake bullshit email imaginable.

pc

11/18/2009 10:28 AM  
Blogger deuce deuce said...

mcsquared, I thought you would find the article particularly interesting.

Yeah, the letter seems like somebody was totally out to get her --a prank perhaps that went much farther than the person who wrote it thought it would.

It's no surprise that a superintendent would have a knee-jerk reaction to the letter and that the young teacher felt some pressure to resign and did so. I'm sure it's a lot easier, especially in a government job, to (gently, or more forcefully behind closed doors) nudge people out the door than to fire them. Then, the onus is off the employer.

11/18/2009 5:55 PM  

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