A word of warning – teachers need to be extra careful online these days. We’ve questioned before whether or not students and teachers should friend each other on social networking sites, and by now you’ve probably heard about Natalie Munroe from Central Bucks East High School in Pennsylvania. In this bizarre case of cyberbullying, the newly infamous English teacher posted negative and profanity-laced comments about students and her fellow staff members. Munroe is now suspended from her job after the blog was discovered last week by students, parents and school administrators.
Munroe’s comments (which have since been removed from the Internet) described students as out of control, rude, lazy jerks and rat-like. An NBC report also notes the report card comments Munroe wished she could post, including:
- Has a massive chip on her shoulder.
- Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities.
- Two words come to mind: brown AND nose.
- Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they’re related?
- Weirdest kid I’ve ever met.
- I hear the trash company is hiring.
Munroe is defending herself saying she didn’t think anybody directly associated with the school would see the posts. She also tried to remain as anonymous as possible by only calling herself “Natalie M.” and never identifying the school, administrators or students directly. However, she still used a picture of herself and the discovery has caused some serious damage to her online reputation. The comments were posted over a year ago, but, like most things put online, they were eventually found and associated with the correct person. Munroe is a perfect example of the seriously negative consequences that oversharing online can have, and the media attention has resulted in teachers all over the country deactivating their own blogs and Facebook pages.
What was your reaction to this story? Have you ever encountered anything online posted by any of your kids’ teachers?