School Employee Fired Over Facebook Posting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools has fired an after-school staffer because of an offensive comment he posted on the social networking site Facebook.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that seven district employees have been disciplined because of Facebook entries.

Superintendent Peter Gorman also has recommended that an elementary school teacher be fired after writing she was "teaching in the most ghetto school in Charlotte."

The teacher's lawyer said she was "telling the truth" about the school, where 74 percent of students are black and 93 percent qualify for lunch subsidies to low-income families. He said the dictionary definition of "ghetto" is a part of the city in which members of a minority group live, "especially because of social, legal or economic pressure."

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  • by Sho Nuff Location: Greenville on May 23, 2010 at 02:23 AM
    That district is trying to lay people off anyway. Have seen worse on facebook from other teachers and nothing happened. They must have it in for this one!
  • by Neal Shlonson on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    Sounds like a nightmare. The Superintendent should be grateful anybody would even want teach there anyways, for the $24 grand a year to be in that environment, 50 hours a week. Talk about depressing. You know his entire day was spent with discipline problems.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Apparently this is what facebook can get you into.
  • by LOL Location: Washington on Dec 2, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Freedom of Speech was a right the last time i looked. The only reason this is getting the attention it has got is because she is a teacher. Who cares, the school may be ghetto none of us know we dont attend there. She has a right to speak about here work place. Think about it people. How many times have you said something negative about your place of business? Exactly so drop it and let the world keep on going.
  • by $$$ Location: NC on Dec 2, 2008 at 01:00 AM
    Wait...she better lay down and play dead...are you trying to threaten the teacher ALPHA???
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on Nov 30, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    I believe in free speech, but to post something like that on a PUBLIC forum such as Facebook, is, well, stupid! There is a time and place for everything. At least grab a thesaurus and get creative, people!!
  • by SLM Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    Email him your thoughts.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Nov 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    It sounds like the superintendent Gorman has nothing better to do. Being in a major US city, you would think that there are other important things to worry about than going all over someones facebook. Sounds like he needs to be fired from the superintendent position himself for what emotional turmoil has been done.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Nov 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM
    The truth hurts sometimes, dosen't it?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    To address the comment made by Brandon from Greenville: You are correct when you said that they don't have the right to determine what someone does in their private life because they don't but when you post things on "Myspace," "Facebook," "Tagged," and other social networking site out there, it is no longer your "private" life; you make it public at that point and I don't know to what degree she used the term or what she meant by it but apparently, she should have thought about it and others should begin to think too because there are certain things that you can't do or say when you hold certain positions. I taught in my classes, not long ago, how many employers and college scouts for that much, are resorting to these social networking sites to see what type potential employees/students they are actually about to hire/admit into their university or better yet, award a prestigious scholarship. Just thought I would share that information.

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