Thursday, April 8, 2010

Facebook and public school teachers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Should the information we post on Facebook affect our job? Most of the time, probably not.

But, what if you're a public school teacher? What if you're not Christian?

Is trolling teachers Facebook posts an invasion of privacy, or should they watch what they post? What if the most offensive comments aren't posted by the teacher but by their Facebook "friends"?

A Wake County middle school science teacher who was suspended for caustic Facebook comments about her students, Christianity and the South has been moved out of the classroom and into a job in the school district's central office.

Melissa Hussain was reassigned late last month to become the school district's coordinating teacher for middle school science, according to Michael Evans, a Wake schools spokesman. Hussain was suspended with pay on Feb. 12 after complaints from parents at West Lake Middle School near Apex about comments on the teacher's Facebook page.

Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a "hate crime" that her eighth-grade students anonymously left a Bible on her desk and that she wouldn't let the incident "go unpunished." Hussain also wrote about how she "was able to shame the kids" about the Bible incident.

Her Facebook page included comments from friends about "ignorant southern rednecks."

One commenter suggested that Hussain "get even with all of them" by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver's forehead. Hussain's friend added that it would be "teaching" the students a lesson.

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer/ News & Observer article, by T. Keung Hui, here.

Should teachers and students be friends on Facebook?

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