I’ve said before but it bears repeating — Facebook is not a diary. So, you probably shouldn’t post every thought that pops into your head.
A teacher in Wayne, NJ has resigned and suffered a temporary loss of her licenses to teach because she couldn’t follow the rule above.
Yvette Nichols couldn’t get past the fact that one of her students had the curse word “sh*t” as part of his last name and took to Facebook to post a screenshot of one of the student’s assignments, obviously along with the student’s name, and a caption that read “I want to ask the parents if I can change it…I still can’t get over the student’s name!”. Later, in response to one of the comments on the post, Nichols wrote, “How do you think I feel when I have to address him???? I literally can’t stop laughing! I have to go all year with this’—!!!”
So, at this point, you can pretty much guess what happened.
The school got wind of what was posted, an investigation was launched and it was determined that Yvette Nichols had violated the district’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying policy. Additionally, the state board of examiners suspended her teaching licenses for one year.
Following the board’s decision, Nichols was forced to resign her position.