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'Germ Bags': Teacher Loses Job Over FB Posts

'Germ Bags': Teacher Loses Job Over FB Posts | Slander and Libel that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
Teacher asked to resign after calling students "germ bags" on Facebook.
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Kristen Killham's comment, June 11, 2012 12:35 AM
This article is a reminder, and a warning to teachers. Especially in my generation who use facebook religiously. As a teacher what you do in and out of the classroom can affect your career. This teacher was an example of how to remember once you put something online, you are broadcasting it for the world to see.
Another teacher actually caught a break in another case. She posted on her face book after a students drowning at the beach that she thinks taking her class to the beach is a good idea so they can drown because they are the devils spawns. she was fired but the court ended up ruling in her favor by invoking the notion of "contextual integrity," this is "[E]ven though petitioner should have known that her postings could become public more easily than if she had uttered them during a telephone call or over dinner, given the illusion that Facebook postings reach only Facebook friends and the fleeting nature of social media, her expectation that only her friends, all of whom are adults, would see the postings is not only apparent, but reasonable. "
I was surprised because what the second teacher posted on her facebook was much more harsh then what the teacher in this article posted. I would say to teachers not to post anything about students or their job on facebook to save them from this situation.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 10:53 AM
I agree with your analysis--this is not really about libel because the teacher did not actually name students--but it is an important first amendment case. I am glad to see your research revealed the court case finding, which is very important. The difference may be that the teaching in your article did not sue. There are defamation principles that might apply if she named students, e.g., were comments intended as humor where a reasonable person would not consider the comments to be sincere. In this case, she was actually using "germ bags" as a figure of speech, because so many of her children were sick. I think this case shows how vulnerable teachers are to the vagaries of opinion (as opposed to fact) -- and compared to the actual malicious and harmful content filling cyberspace, this teacher has been disproptionately punished.
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Rights and wrong: Using Facebook to defame teachers | Get Schooled

Rights and wrong: Using Facebook to defame teachers | Get Schooled | Slander and Libel that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
As many of you predicted, a Douglas County middle school has backed off plans to suspend three students for Facebook postings because of the privacy issues...
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Kristen Killham's comment, June 11, 2012 1:12 AM
This is like many of the other cases, where does the school step in an where does it not? These students were committing libel, writing about a teacher being a pedophile and rapist with no evidence. They were creating rumors, and hurting the reputation of this teacher. how far is too far? apparently having a student log into their account and own up to the worlds they typed on the internet is too far according to the courts. I think that it should be O.K. to do so especially when one of the teachers or students is being talked about in this way. the parents suing I feel is a bit too far. Their children committed a crime and yet they have the audacity to try and flip it back on the school? They committed and act that is ground for expulsion but because they have good grades they think that can get them out of it. This is yet another cases that is eye opening. In becoming a future educator I will have to make sure I do everything to to the books and get support from my administrators to save my self form getting into legal hot water. The amount of lenience students get compared to teachers venting on line is incredible. Something needs to change and teachers need to be smart when using social networking sights.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 10:57 AM
I love that question--how far is too far? who knows. The violence against humans on the internet is so widespread and so vicious that I don't see immediate or long term solutions -- I do see this getting worse, I see spillover into the real world -- but I don't see the courts as the actual solution-this is a larger systemic problem that must be addressed squarely by society; And your point about the imbalance between teachers/students in online behavior is insightful
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N.C. teacher suspended after telling student not to slander president

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A Rowan County teacher has been suspended after a video surfaced in which she suggests that a student could be arrested for criticizing President Barack Obama.
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Constitutional - A Former High School Coach Can Sue Parents for Defamation

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A former high school coach may be able to sue his parental tormentors for defamation.
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Teen Victims Of Cyberbullying Fight Back In lawsuits

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ATLANTA — When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus.
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Kristen Killham's comment, June 11, 2012 12:54 AM
This is a touchy subject, especially when your students are doing it to each other. This girl stood up for her self, and her parents seemed to do all that they could to handle it. Filing law suits for libel against her bullies was a great idea to try and get around the fact that the schools couldn't do anything. The problem that came up for her is that there is still a battle going on to decide if schools have a say when cyber bullying takes place away from school. Administrators and judges are trying to figure out if it hinders students free speech rights. In another case a students made a video about his principal, saying he smoked pot and drank beers he hid behind his desk. He was suspended but it was over turned because the federal courts said that the school did not prove that it hindered the flow of the regular school day.
So far seven states have added cyber bullying off campus to their bullying laws. I feel that it should be all 50 states. What happens off school grounds on Facebook, and other things still affects school. Students can access these things from their phones, and other devices while at school as well.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 11:37 AM
What sources or cases did you find to support your statement that courts are trying to find a footing with respect to cyberbullying? You are right --they are equivocal so far -- and probably because of the slippery slope of possibly limiting first amendment rights--which is not really where we want this issue to take us. Schools who make policy on cyberbullying are not on safe ground legally--though this may serve as a deterrant--it may not be upheld in court.
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Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech

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The score is 2-1 in favor of the First Amendment when it comes to three federal rulings this month on the limits of students' online, off-ca...
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Kristen Killham's comment, June 11, 2012 1:02 AM
This student created a facebook page so people could vent or complain about a teacher. It was ruled as freedom of speech. I am finding a trend, when a teacher vents or does these things it is slander, or libel and they lose their jobs and have to apologize for it. When a students does it they exercising there freedom of speech. This is concerning and eye opening at the same time.
This article eludes to the face that many courts are still adhering to the TInker (1969) case and say that as long as the students actions do not affect the school day then it is not a punishable offense. I say the opposite, it is bullying, slander and when written on facebook it is libel. It is attacking teachers and other students reputations which is the definition of slander and libel.The new age of facebook, twitter and other social networking sites libel can reach farther then writing a note about someone. It affects the person immensely and spreads like wild fire. Hopefully a serious and clear law will be passed soon holding these people to their actions.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 11:29 AM
I can see you have really processed the implications of this issue for yourself as well as for schools. I agree that application of the Tinker case--though accurately applied in principle--may not be appropriate in practice, because the school climate must definately be affected by these postings. Moreover, the reputation of a teacher must not be sacrificed in the name of First Amendment--even though as a public official teachers are less protected than public citizens; very challenging
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Former Booker T. Washington coach files slander, libel suit | Tulsa World

Former Booker T. Washington coach files slander, libel suit | Tulsa World | Slander and Libel that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
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