Facebook comment gets NJ teacher into suspension
Reading and writing classes for future criminals.
A first grade teacher from School 21 Paterson, NJ, whose name has been withheld, was suspended with pay for the comments she posted on her Facebook page that "she feels like a warden watching future criminals". The parents who saw this status update asked to have their children removed from the teacher's class.
"The reason why she was suspended was because the incident created serious problems at the school that impeded the functioning of the building," said the school board president Theodore Best, the New York Times reports. "You can't simply fire someone for what they have on a Facebook page; but if that spills over and affects the classroom then you can take action" he added.
The teacher has not spoken publicly about the controversial post.
The Paterson school district is one of the most troubled in the state. It has 28,000 students and 2,425 teachers, and it was taken over by the state of New Jersey 10 years ago due to "fiscal mismanagement and poor academic performance", the Times reported.
What's going on in this teacher's mind?
If this teacher has to make her Facebook account some kind of a diary she should not accept friend requests of people she doesn't know especially the parents of her students. In the first place, if she kept her FB account on private mode, they would not have known her hidden feelings toward her students.
If her students are behaving like idiots who'll just grow up to make the world a more dangerous place because they don't even give a crap at first grade then there's a problem with them. Yes, there may be serious problems with these kids. Those parents should instead have gone to the teacher first and confronted her on the issue and should have asked why she said that so. Then if there is really a problem with the child, the parents responsibility is to reprimand the child and correct the way they're being raised.
It is our social and moral obligation to take responsibility in all our words and actions. Before we utter a single word or do a simple action, we must think first the consequences we may get whether it is good or bad.
I do hope that this is a lesson learned well.