This story is one of those great thought exercises that makes us evaluate where we are as a country. It can also force us to examine the lines between personal business and professional responsibility.
A Missouri teacher is under investigation by his district after he began using a photo of him flipping the bird at the White House as his Facebook profile photo. The photo was taken when he was chaperoning a student trip to Washington, D.C. This revelation has some parents outraged and calling for the teacher’s dismissal. One parent is quoted as saying the following:
“I don’t care how you feel about politics or anything else, but when you are trusted to lead students and this is what is being taught I think it’s time you are held accountable for your actions while representing Warrensburg Middle School and the Warrensburg school district.”
You might think this is a slam-dunk that the teacher is in hot water but, here’s the twist — this was not a school-sponsored trip. This was a trip that was taken through a private company. This means that, theoretically, the teacher was on his own time.
As a result, some see this as him simply expressing his right to free speech:
“If he’s on his own personal time, I think he has a right to express himself.”
Where do you stand on this one? Is it a case of a person simply expressing his freedom of speech or did the teacher have a responsibility to represent the school, even when he’s not on the clock?
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