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Teacher suspended for calling students “lazy whiners”

February 17, 2011
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English teacher suspended for calling students "rude, lazy, disengaged whiners."

A suburban Philadelphia school teacher was suspended with pay for making very critical comments about students.  These comments did not mention any student names, nor the name of the school, and they were only meant to be read by her friends.  Nonetheless, parents apparently discovered Natalie Munroe’s blog last week, and the teacher was soon escorted away from Central Bucks East High School.  Her comments have now been well-circulated, and include calling her students, “rude, lazy, disengaged whiners.”  She stated that she wished she could really tell parents that their child was “a complete and utter jerk in all ways,” or “the weirdest kid I’ve ever met.”  She even blogged that she wanted to tell parents that she hated their child.  She has since stated that these comments are not about an individual child, but rather a caricature of many troubled teenagers.  She recently denied that she felt negatively about her students, but she added,” the fact remains that every year, more and more, students are coming in less willing to work, to think, to cooperate.  These are the students that I was complaining about in my blog.”  Many critical responses from students and parents appeared on her blog before it was taken down.  “Well, good luck getting a job as a teacher anywhere else,” someone posted.  One very angry former student of hers commented, “I am so happy to see you mess up this bad.  The reason you encounter any of these problems is because you are simply the most hated teacher in the school.”  The school superintendent says the teacher’s posts were “very egregious” and “certainly could result in termination.” Ms. Munroe appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday with her attorney, Steven Rovner, who was asked what legal issues this raises.  Mr. Ravner responded that his client has done nothing wrong.  If she is terminated, it will violate her First Amendment rights to free speech.

What do you think?  Should she be fired?

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