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Should this teacher lose her job?

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/judge-facebook-post-cost-job-nj-teacher-010230579.html?bouchon=501,ny


Judge: Facebook post should cost job of NJ teacher

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey administrative law judge has ruled that a first-grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook earlier this year should lose her tenured job.

The state education commissioner now has 45 days to accept, reject or modify the decision regarding Jennifer O'Brien.

The Paterson teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. But it was forwarded and several parents saw it.

O'Brien's lawyer, Nancy Oxfeld, tells The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/v8ERLR) that her client will appeal the ruling, which was made public Tuesday. O'Brien had testified that she wrote the post in exasperation because several students kept disrupting her lessons and one boy had recently hit her.

But the judge called O'Brien's conduct "inexcusable."

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km1970
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

eh...I don't know if she should lose her job for bad judgement, but I could see her getting written up for it...

reese1206
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Lose her job? No
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ErikaRobin
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Hell no!  That's funny shit. 

It's frightening that people can be held accountable for things said on a social networking site.

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Samanthamommy
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

No. Sounds like she had an exhausting day, and just used a joke as a little vent. 

Plus, it was on her own time. It's not like she said it in the conference room of the school or something. I'm allowed to say all the shit about my job when I'm not here. Why aren't teachers?

alwayskk
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I don't see why termination is always everyone's first reaction. In the private sector, employees get warnings and chances. Teaching is a learn as you go occupation. 

ME_ME_ME
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

 lol! maybe she could simply prove that there is some truth to what she said? lol! they can't fire her for telling the truth. haha!

Lishes
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

 Nope. she shouldn't. I understand why a teacher would feel that way.

ME_ME_ME
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

 I'm left to wonder if the child who hit her was expelled?

kaffedrikke
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Nope, teachers deal with little brats who'se parents won't control them on a daily basis. Before any one here judges, be a teacher for one whole month. Yeah it was bad judgement, but hey have any of you been so frusterated that you said or did something a little naughty?

BrittanyLatham
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

no

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