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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Teacher Dismissed for Calling Students “Future Criminals” on Facebook

Check out the Education Law Insights blog for an interesting analysis of a recent New Jersey appellate decision upholding the dismissal of a teacher for derogatory comments she made on her personal Facebook page.  New Jersey District Dismisses Teacher Who Called Students “Future Criminals” on Facebook.   Both the Administrative Law Judge and the New Jersey appellate court ruled that the teacher's Facebook posts were not protected speech under the First Amendment because they were not made on a matter of public concern. 

The teacher's posts included the following statements:

“I’m not a teacher—I’m a warden for future criminals!”
“They had a scared straight program in school—why couldn’t [I] bring [first] graders?”

Another good example of why you should be careful what you post on social media!

Kudos to Education Law Insights for reporting on this case.


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