Teacher placed on leave for criticizing prom expenses

A middle school teacher aired her frustrations in a Snapchat photo.  Now, she’s on paid leave.

Last weekend, Betsy Cormack saw something that took her over the top and went to her trusty social media app to let it be known.  She posted a photo of herself, with a caption that read “These damn kids and parents…not enough money for school supplies or passing grades but out here renting horses.” What took her there was seeing two students arrive at the local high school’s prom in a horse-drawn carriage.

Reactions to her post were mixed.  Some where insulted, saying the teacher was insulting parents.  Other readily agreed with her sentiment.

However, it seems that whatever agreement she’s receives will matter little.  Her district, Bedford City Schools in Bedford, Ohio, has a social media policy in place.  This policy states that district employees are prohibited from posting information that would identify individual students.

The district says that it is investigating this incident.


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