High School Coach Fired for Posting Personal Picture

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cameraAll right parents, pop quiz time. Where do you want your kids to turn to for a morality lesson? Is it to you? To the family's church, maybe? Or how about their coach's Facebook photo albums?

What? It's not the third option? I'm shocked, y'all. Shocked! After all, Laraine Cook, a girls' basketball coach at Pocatello High School in Idaho, was recently fired because of a "scandalous" Facebook photo featuring her and her fiance (the school's football coach). The problem? It was "immoral."

Well, OK, Cook says the school is calling the photo immoral.

I took a look, and I don't see anything immoral. It shows Cook in a bikini -- the photo was taken on a family vacation -- and her fiance, football coach Tom Harrison. In the photo, which Cook says was only on her Facebook page for 24 hours back in July, Harrison can be seen with his hand on Cook's breast. Make that Cook's bikini-topped breast.

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We could go round and round and round again about whether it's appropriate.

But let's not and say we did, OK? Because the real issue here is that a woman was fired from her job in a public school -- and her fiance reprimanded but not fired -- because of a perfectly legal photo of her on Facebook, and we're supposed to tell our kids what?

That they should be concerned about their teachers' and coaches' personal lives outside of school? That they should be looking to their coaches' and teachers' Facebook photos for morality lessons?

Sorry, but my kid can get lessons on multiplication from her teacher, on how to maneuver a soccer ball around a defender from her coach. I don't need her turning to either one for morality lessons, and I certainly don't need her diving into their personal lives -- a la Facebook -- for what to do vs. what not to do.

Teachers and coaches are human beings. They have personal lives. Sometimes they do perfectly legal things that we might not want our kids to do. What it comes down to isn't what photos teachers are putting on Facebook but what parents are teaching their kids at home.

Teach your kids to take your moral cues from you, teach them that teachers and coaches are just regular human beings, and the world would be a better place.

What would you think if your kid's coach had a photo like this on Facebook?


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Todd Vrancic

And what "discipline" if any, did the football coach face?  Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

I've seen the picture in question and it is a perfectly harmless shot, anyone getting offended by the "immorality" of that photo needs to seriously reevaluate their priorities. And Todd is exactly right, if the picture is so "immoral" why is she the only one being punished? He is the one grabbing her breast after all. And if it is her "scandalous" attire of a bikini that is the problem then his shirtless state should be just as shocking.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Their lives stop being personal when their pictures are made public...that said, I think schools should stop being so nosy. 

Lane-... Lane-Moja

Her facebook page should be private, and she can post whatever she likes.

She should not have students, or parents of students as friends on her personal facebook page.

She can create a "Coach" page for that, and the school can judge only what she posts there.

nonmember avatar singer825

I don't get it. If I were a teacher (knowing full well that TONS of teachers have been fired for things posted on social media) I would make sure my profile was private. I would not be friends with anyone associated with the school. I would create a 2nd facebook page specifically for dealing with anything school related. The fact that I would have to go through that is ridiculous, but that is the world we live in. Get smart people and protect yourselves. Also, why did she get fired and he got reprimanded? He was the one grabbing her breast! Makes no sense.

nonmember avatar sas

For a little context...this happened in Eastern Idaho, which is crazy Mormon.

nonmember avatar mmayerick

I agree it is completely rediculous for this teacher to lose her job. Yes she should have her personal page private but come on! However I dont think the fiance should be in ANY trouble. He is not the one who posted the pic!

wamom223 wamom223

I saw the picture and it wasn't bad.  Had she not had a top, I would get it but I don't think she should have lost her job.

Victoria Bardsley

This is just ridiculous. This teacher has a RIGHT to a certain level of privacy, although she should have made her Facebook page private. Schools these days are getting so nosy. I thought this was 2013, not Nazi Germany.

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