According to Reuters:
Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass ruled that the Paterson teacher, Jennifer O'Brien, "demonstrated a complete lack of sensitivity to the world in which her students live" and recommended that she lose her tenured position.
Paterson is a poor, urban New Jersey community with a high rate of violent crime. According to court documents, school officials interpreted O'Brien's comment as racially charged.
Paterson is a low-income, urban community with a high rate of violent crime. School officials
The state Department of Education states that the incident marks the first time in New Jersey that a public school teacher has faced such public scrutiny for social media behavior. School officials also say that this is also the first time a Paterson teacher has been disciplined in connection with the use of social media.
The teacher reportedly wrote the comment ("I'm not a teacher - I'm a warden for future criminals!") to her 333 Facebook friends after one of her first graders hit her and others stole money from her. Some of Facebook friends forwarded the comment to others. In time, the comment was brought to the attention of school officials.
Some experts believe that incidents like this one "are more about free speech than about social media such as Facebook, a public forum in which postings can be forwarded and ultimately read by anyone."
What do you think?