Teacher Posted Facebook Photo of Students With Duct Tape - Yahoo!
Should she be fired or not?
Pictures: Are they or over the top?
Social Media: Did she make the right decision about posting the pictures online?
Should she be fired or not? Kinda think yes. But, if wasn't done on purpose to keep them quiet then not sure.
Pictures: Are they or over the top? Yes. But, they students did ask her to take them.
Social Media: Did she make the right decision about posting the pictures online? if you ever have to question weather posting pic's online is a "right decision" online is a good idea, it ISN'T. She did violate the students privacy. Same exact thing as nurses posting pic's of patients.
I can't see the photos but I personally think it is hilarious.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
Should she be fired or not? Yes
Pictures: Are they silly or over the top?: Just dumb. She should have known better.
Social Media: Did she make the right decision about posting the pictures online? Bad move.
I don't think she should be fired. It isn't like she put the tape on the kids. They did it themselves. Putting it on facebook was a bad plan though.
As a parent, I would second guess her judgement as a teacher for putting it online. That's the bigger problem. What else could she be putting online? My kid's issues at school?
As you can tell from my posts, I am not a fan of not being able to fire someone if you as the boss thinks they should be fired. You should not have to justify yourself for firing someone.
That said, I do not believe you should ever post a picture of a minor child that is not your own without first asking the child's parents. You should also be careful what you are posting. I hate when people post pictures on FB of their babies naked in the bath tub or when parents post pictures of when their kids climbed into the dog cage. Once you put something on FB, you can no longer control who sees it. Even if she did not put the duck tape on the students herself, it was inappropriate to post the pictures. I am not sure that I would fire someone over that or not. It would depend to me on the rest of their work. Was this a first offence, or the straw that broke the camels back?
What she did was way wrong. Nobody has the right to post pictures of minors (other than their own children) on social media, or email, or whatever. I think she should be reprimanded, definitely. Fired? Hmm. I'm on the fence about that. In this particular instance I think maybe not, but the line....where does it start in terms of what deserves just a reprimand and what deserves being fired?
I think that it was inappropriate, yes. It showed poor judgment. If she has a great track record of 10 years of stellar teaching, is it really worth firing a great teacher over? Its really hard for me to say yes to that. God knows that there are a lot of bad teachers out there, I'd be hard pressed to fire a truly good one over one lapse of judgment that didn't actually hurt anyone.
I don't buy the whole "get permission any time you ever put a photo of anyones kids ever anywhere on the internet period ever always". My friends and I frequently cross post photos of one anothers children on FB, photos from playgroup or bday parties or GTG's or whatnot. We don't send out permission slips or get signed waivers or whatnot first. We all have our settings set to "friends only" and generally have a lot of the same friends. We don't post naked photos. Frankly I'd be a lot more insecure having photos of my family in my signature on a public board such as this.
I always sign off okaying my kids photos being used in advertising or social media for their schools or camps or whatnot in the waivers at the start of the year/came. Their names are never used and it just doesn't bother me. This wouldn't bother me if it was on the school website. It would bother me if it was on the teachers personal site, for reasons that Jess mentioned, but I wouldn't want her fired. Disciplined, yes. If she was a good teacher? Fired? No.