79 Year Old Teacher Gets Fired Over Facebook
Even at age 79, Carol Thebarge a substitute teacher from Charlestown, New Hampshire is a big Facebook user. And, a lot of her “friends” happen to be her students.
Carol has been a substitute teacher for the past 35 years. One of the schools where she works is Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire – a lot of her Facebook friends are from that school.
Carol says she uses Facebook as a safe place where kids can send her private messages about bullying, feeling depressed, or any other issues they might be having.
Because of a new school policy, Carol was asked to delete all of the students that she was friends with. The new policy has been established because a math teacher at that school was just arrested for sexual contact with a 14-year-old.
Carol thought about it . . . but decided she just didn’t want to delete her Facebook friends and take away the only safe forum she had to interact with them.
So . . . she was fired by that school.
What do you think? Should teachers be allowed to be friends with their students on Facebook?