Teacher's Facebook Rant About Student With a Learning Disability Costs Her Job

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Some people have to learn the hard way that social media is, yes, actually social. An Atlanta teacher is now out of a job after ranting about one of her students on Facebook -- a student with a learning disability, who caused this teacher to stay late on the last day before winter vacation.

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Until this Monday, when she resigned after a meeting with her district's human resources department, Jennifer Lynch taught Latin at a high school in Fulton County, Georgia. On December 18, the last day before winter break, apparently Lynch had to stay super late to allow a student to work on his final exam. Based on her increasingly annoyed and mean-spirited Facebook posts, this kid has some kind of arrangement that allows him to have extra time for tests, and he had to finish them all up on Friday afternoon.

Lynch started off her Facebook tirade by writing, "Thanks a lot, kid, for finally coming to finish your effin' final more than THREE HOURS after school let out."

Well, that does sound kind of annoying, right? I mean, I can understand wanting to go home on the last day before vacation!

But then, according to 11Alive News in Atlanta, she went on to call him a "derogatory name." Not cool, teacher lady. Not cool at all. (Her posts have been removed, so we don't know what exactly she called him -- suffice it to say, it's something the news outlet won't print.)

And it get worse from there ... Lynch is totally nasty about this poor kid, who is sitting there trying to finish an exam while she posts more and more updates to her Facebook page.

At one point, she wrote, "He has some (expletive) disorder: one of those 'we don't know what his disorder is and we don't want him to be labeled, so we are not going to find out, but we want academic accommodations anyway' disorders."

Okay, then -- so obviously someone in charge in this kid's district believes he needs extra time to take his exams. But she's not buying it!

There are more mean posts, including one after he "finally" finished his test, where she talks about how she should feel sad for him, "but at the end of the day, we're all better off now that you're not around."

Wow.

Do teachers, just like everyone else, deserve to vent and rant about their jobs? Of course they do! Their jobs are hard!

And do teachers have to love and adore every single one of their students equally? Of course not! That's crazy!

And are teachers allowed to get aggravated and annoyed by their students? OBVIOUSLY! How could they not? (Seriously, people, I only have one kid to deal with on a regular basis -- my daughter -- and she drives me bonkers sometimes!)

But there's a big difference between venting about your job, or even a particularly difficult kid, over a glass of wine with a friend, and posting a series of nasty and demeaning comments about a student on your Facebook page. If you don't have the common sense to distinguish between those two things, then you probably shouldn't be in charge of impressionable young people.

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I'm so curious to know how the district caught wind of these posts ... my guess is that one of this woman's 400 "friends" was pretty upset to see them, and shared some screenshots with someone who worked at the school. And I think it's perfectly fair that the school district followed up on it.

In fact, you could say that Jennifer Lynch ended up leaving everyone at that high school with a very valuable lesson: NOTHING on social media is ever truly private. Class dismissed!

 

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