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Teachers Should Think Before Venting on Social Media

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By: Janet Strevel Hayes

The back-to-school season is winding down. Homework has started, and the excitement of a new school year is giving way to the tedium of the school routine.

Those cute “first day” photos on social media are being replaced with frustrated rants over school issues. The ranting is not limited to students and parents. Teachers are increasingly using social media to broadcast complaints about work. Some teachers, however, need to be schooled on permissible postings.

Consider, for example, the 23-year-old Colorado teacher whose tweets included admonitions to “stay sexy  stay high  stay drunk.” Although she claimed the Twitter account was a parody set up for fun, there was nothing humorous about her termination.

Read the full story in the Knoxville News Sentinel.