NC Teachers on Facebook

An investigation by NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina uncovered pictures and comments on Facebook.com that even Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district leaders admit are "inappropriate."

As a result, CMS is taking action.

The district is recommending that one teacher be fired, and four other staff members have already been disciplined.

The Facebook pages show teachers saying "I hate my students," "I teach chitlins," and "I work in the ghetto of Charlotte." Other pictures show teachers drinking and posing in ways that parents found unacceptable.

These pictures and comments were on public pages that could be accessed by anyone, anywhere, at anytime including students at CMS.

We took our findings to school leaders, and they too, did not like what they saw.

"I would understand a parent being appalled and very upset by the comments," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Chief Operating Officer Hugh Hattabaugh. "We are too."

According to the district?s code of conduct, teachers can be punished for "behaving in any unethical or lascivious conduct at any time; if there is a reasonable and adverse relationship between the conduct and the continuing ability of the employee to perform any of his/her professional functions in an effective manner."

The teacher who posted comments about her "ghetto school" is the one being recommended for termination, according to CMS spokesperson Nora Carr.

She can still appeal, and the process to fire a teacher can be a lengthy one.

In addition, the case is still being reviewed for the teacher who wrote that she "hates her students," according to Carr.

There could be disciplinary action in that case as well.

CMS is also taking steps to make sure this is not an ongoing problem.

District leaders promised that they would be developing a new policy that will specifically address issues like Facebook.com, and they plan to train incoming teachers in the future.


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