Principal Who Posted Sexy Facebook Photo Needs a Social Media Class

facebookI'm all for teachers and other professionals having Facebook accounts. It's 2011, for God's sake. It would be weird if they didn't. But said people, and anybody with a respectable job for that matter, need to watch what they post to their account. They oughta keep it G-rated. Particularly if they're the principal of a school.

Sharron Smalls, principal of Jane Addams High School in the Bronx, for some inexplicable reason, thought it was a good idea to not only post a super sexy, super scandalous photo of herself getting hosed down with chocolate sauce by a half-naked man, but to make said photo her profile picture.


Check out the photo here. It's insane. I really don't understand what, on God's green earth, would have possessed this woman, this principal, to make this available to the public, but lo and behold, she did. And her students didn't just look at the photo and laugh, they did something much more creative.

See, Smalls isn't earning any gold stars from the pupils of Jane Addams High these days. I won't bog you down with the details, but she's currently being investigated for a massive course credit scandal that may have jeopardized graduation for half of the current senior class. And so, because of this, instead of simply pointing and laughing at her ridiculous photo, students took it upon themselves to print out the picture and plaster it all over the school. Awkward.

I mean, what did Smalls expect here? She's in a position of power, a position that should at least maintain the appearance of professionalism. Under no circumstances should she have uploaded this photo anywhere on the Internet. It's terribly inappropriate. And I'm glad the students did what they did.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love me some Facebook and Tumblr and whatever as much as the next gal, but I try to reign in what I post as much as possible. I always have co-workers in mind when I'm about to post something sort of unprofessional, and I try to monitor my pictures -- somewhat. Of course it's fine to be chummy with the people you work with, online and off, but if you want to be taken seriously (I.E., if you're a principal), you really should monitor what you post. Otherwise it just might backfire.

Do you think it was inappropriate for Smalls to use this photo as her profile picture?


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