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    Teacher insults elementary school student on Facebook

    Date: 08.08.12 | by Judge Tom.

    At G.D. Rogers Elementary School in Florida, a teacher decided to express her thoughts about a student online. Lauren Orban went to Facebook and wrote: “I’m fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and humans.” Other teachers joined in the conversation, one writing “This made me laugh out loud.”

    It’s hard to understand why educated adults who are teachers, principals and community leaders fail to grasp the consequences of hurtful speech. It’s 2012 and people still think there’s such a thing as privacy on the Internet. Not to mention the ethical violation of a professional’s duty to his or her students and clients.

    Photo by Spencer E. Holtaway

    These teachers were verbally disciplined and the matter was referred to the Florida Department of Education. The investigation may result in a revocation of the author’s teaching license.

    The mother of the 8-year-old boy, Lisa Wade, said she is “disgusted with how they talked about my child. It hurts. . . .I send my child to school trusting them to teach him.” It is reported that the child is of color and the NAACP expressed concerns about the racial undertones. They are calling for a social media policy in the school district. Ms. Wade has contacted a lawyer and is considering legal action against the school district.

    This incident comes under the category of “Teachers Acting Badly.” We’ve written about other incidents in the past.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Teacher insults elementary student on Facebook | reportergary.com
      Sun, 12 Aug 2012 at 11:31

      […] Orban went to Facebook and wrote: “I’m fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and h…” Other teachers joined in the conversation, one writing “This made me laugh out […]