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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  • by a teacher on facebook on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:12 PM
    Has anyone stopped to wonder how their profiles were seen? On myspace, you are allowed to view a person's profile without adding them to your friend list. However, on facebook, you must become a friend with that person in order to view their profile. So, how did they see these statements and pictures? Were these teachers acting as friends with their students, and added them on facebook? I think there are a few more questions that needed to be answered. As far as what they said, things can be done with a little more tact and responsibility and that goes for ALL professions.
  • by Northeastern NC Location: Edenton, NC on Nov 17, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    I think that the teachers, as everyone should be concerned about what they put on facebook, myspace or anyother social website. If something is inappropriate then they should be warned and take into concideration how it reflects on them and the school system. I do not think that they should be fired for it. That is a little too extream in my opinion. If nothing else make the profile private.
  • by Teachers Husband Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    I hear all the time how these kids don't pay attention and how bad they are. The comments that are on facebook should stay and the schools need to look further into the cause. Teachers these days are just glorified babysitters and the kids have no respect. The only way that the schools system will be fixed is if the powere is put back in the teachers hands and the parents are held accountable...other than that the system is very flawed. THE FEW BAD KIDS RUIN IT FOR THE REST...END OF STORY.
  • by Home school teacher to be on Nov 17, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Comments by "future teachers" such as teacher to be make me long for the days past of good moral loving teachers. They make me want to be a "homeschool teacher to be". Then maybe the US wouldn't need so many teachers and could be a little more picky!
  • by Teacher-To-Be Part II Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2008 at 02:09 AM
    I'm also passionate about helping children learn. However, and my point again, if I have tried everything, and still the child doesn't learn, I'm not going to pass them and I'm not going to continue to teach them. I don't care if the student has disciplinary problems, school officials can take care of that. So long as they're learning, I'm fine. As for those who show off their hind ends on public websites, I would want the districts to ask the teachers to make their profiles private, and erase the photos if they so wished, not fire them! God knows we need more teachers, NOT LESS. And if they happen to party a little, so be it. The US isn't in a position to pick and choose their public teachers. So long as they pass the board's test as well as they're of sound body and mind, I'm happy that they even decided to teach. I doubt that every teacher loves ALL of their students either. Personalities will always get in the way.
  • by Teacher-To-Be Here Again Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2008 at 02:01 AM
    I'm sorry, let me clarify what my line of thought was: If you've tried to teach a child, and every rout has yielded no results, then obviously the teacher shouldn't be at fault. I'm sick of teachers giving in when it comes to their students. They pass them because they couldn't get the student to learn, using every method at their disposal of course. Obviously if the teacher has made en effort and tried almost anything short of bribery, and they have all failed, then the blame for the lack of success doesn't lie with the teacher. If that teacher then passes the student, that's when they should quit. I'm not saying I wouldn't try to teach the students in my neighborhood, however, if I can't get them to learn because they simply choose not to, then I would quit. And yes, having passion for any job yields better results for all. I'm passionate about the subject I want to teach in the future.
  • by Slobber Location: Toilet on Nov 16, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    More like time for some realism. A healthcare professional can party like a rock star, so why cant teachers?
  • by To Teacher-To-Be : on Nov 16, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    Maybe you should consider a different line of work if that is your way of thinking! You cannot pick and choose who you teach. This is not the "teach a student" day at school. You have to want to teach ALL children ESPECIALLY the children that do not want to learn! The children that WANT to learn will be easy to teach with a little guidance. When you have a position that involves public trust such as Police, Fire, Healthcare, teaching, etc you are held to a standard. That standard does not mean "I must like everyone" but you can't go around on facebook or myspace showing off your a** to the public. basically you will lose all credibility and respect from the community, and your peers. I sure hope to god that you never make it past the boards with an attitude like yours! basically what you have told everyone is "I will not teach your child if he gives me troubles".. We do not need teachers like you in our system. Go to wal-mart please.
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on Nov 16, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    On or off the clock, there is a certain amount of decorum that should be practiced by ANY professional, teaching, healthcare, etc. Certainly these teachers expected some sort of backlash? There is a time and place for venting, and on a PUBLIC WEBSITE like Facebook or MySpace is certainly not where these teachers should be displaying their complaints. Yes, teaching is a difficult profession, (I taught preschoolers for a while), but stomping down your school isn't going to change anything. It will only make you more bitter and a less-effective teacher. Teaching with no heart might as well be no teaching at all. Time for some optimism, people!!!!
  • by Teacher-To-Be Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    I can't believe that a school district would do this to teachers. I'm sorry, but as soon as they're off the clock, you have no right to police what they do or say. If you don't agree with it, so what, suck it up. People are people and they're going to do things that others don't like. Seems that in this day and time, you can't do anything without offending someone. And whoever said a teacher has to like their students. I know there are plenty of teenagers in my local neighborhood that I wouldn't put up with. And if I was forced to teach them, I'd quit. Trying to teach a student who doesn't want to learn is like push a cart sideways; it's not going to happen.
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