Dumb, Dumb, Dumb – Firing a Teacher for Holding a Beer

by Darwin on February 12, 2011

Run! Horrible Teacher! AAAAAHHHHH!!!

This week’s weekly links is dedicated to the utter stupidity of a Georgia School District for firing a teacher that had a vacation picture of her holding a beer.  Seriously, she went to England, had a snapshot of her in a pub holding a beer and smiling and some conniving parent anonymously complained to the school seeking her termination.  Actually, she was forced to resign, but basically the same thing.   The details are: she had her Facebook page set to private, so only her friends could see her pictures (so someone in her network must have “leaked” the “offensive” photo), and they claim there was profane language on the page, but apparently, that was an ad served by Facebook with the word “bitch” in it.  The terror! I have a couple problems with this:

  • Primarily, this was utterly stupid and wrong.  Not only has she been wronged, but it will have impacted her students who lost their teacher without notice and it has drawn massive controversy and news coverage to their school.
  • She will get her job back after a costly court battle, likely with backpay and a settlement.  Who will pay for this?  The local taxpayers – so, the students.
  • This just makes no sense.  Shame, shame, shame for being hypocritical schmucks.  You tell me not a single school administrator has a facebook picture similar in nature?
  • Let’s consider this scenario: She goes to a restaurant and has a glass of wine. A parent snaps a picture of her and puts it online.  Should she be fired?

This is utter stupidity and will end up costing the district money in the end that could have gone toward education or lower taxes frankly.  Dumb, Dumb, Dumb.

Anyway, here are some favorite reads from the week as well as outlets that featured my content:

Financial SamuraiGrades Don’t Matter? (I think they do)

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Burning PlatformEvil in the Catholic Church (I couldn’t Agree More…)

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Carnivals that Featured My Content:

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