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Teacher Fired For Talking About Students and Parents on Facebook

Teacher Fired For Facebook Comments: Right or Ridiculous?

A Massachusetts teacher should have taught herself this lesson: don't post anything on social networking sites that you want to keep private. June Talvitie-Siple was forced to resign after she made unfavorable comments about students and their parents on her Facebook page. According to one report, Talvitie-Siple used the terms "germbags," "arrogant," and "snobby," believing that she was talking with friends, but the comments were public. The educator also wrote that she was less than enthused about the upcoming school year. Would you be upset if your child's teacher vented his or her frustrations on a social networking site?

pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
im ok with her venting it out.. its her right.... now when we vent out we have to be ready with the consequences tho.. cuz were adults...
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
She should have been reprimanded considering she used the name of the school, but not fired. I have many teacher friends and they often write on facebook how they hate the kids/school/ etc. I think it's really inappropriate but none have been fired for it so far.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
It WAS unprofessional of her to post that on facebook, but definitely not grounds for firing.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I think venting to friends is a lot different than posting something like that online. I guess I'd give her the benefit of the doubt and hope she didn't realize that. Everyone has a right to not feel enthused about their work in any particular moment.
tresmvp tresmvp 7 years
I definitely agree with Drewsfan, I'd have to see the other comments first but then again, everyone has to realize that not everything on the internet is private. Just like when college students and potential employees of any company are warned about their facebook profiles being the "make it or break it" of any college or job, they have to remember just because you got the job, doesn't mean you can always keep it. She represents the school. Would you want your children being taught by someone who thinks they're "germbags" and "snobby"? I definitely wouldn't. I believe that maybe if she didn't say "Cohasset Schools" or whatever a more secific name, it would have been acceptable but you should never put the names out there especially something like a big company or school.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 7 years
I'd be upset, sure. On one hand, I wouldn't want my child to be taught by someone that was less-than-enthusiastic about teaching, but on the other everyone probably should have the right to vent about their job. I don't know if the actions warranted firing. Guess I'd have to see the other comments, though because it really depends if she were referring to the students or the other faculty members.
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