(Original Story at Bay News 9 here.)
If you would not make inappropriate comments or use profanities in your classroom, why would you do the same on your Facebook page where you have not just a handful of your favorite students as friends, but 120 of them?
Perhaps Charles Willis thought that he was untouchable because he had tenure. Not anymore. If one does not even realize what constitutes acceptable behavior in front of his students, then maybe he should not be teaching. He should perhaps consider a career in the military, where one could use the f-word as a verb, a noun, an adjective, and an adverb in different contexts.
How is that for teaching?
Facebook flap costs Manatee teacher his tenureLast Updated: 2011/5/242011/05/24
The Manatee County teacher involved in a Facebook flap will keep his job.
The school board voted Monday not to fire Charles Willis.
The Braden River High School drama teacher was suspended without pay almost seven months ago for comments posted on his personal Facebook page.
School officials said Willis posted ”inappropriate and unprofessional comments, profanity and images on his Facebook page to which students of the district had access.”
Willis will retain his job but his tenure will be cancelled. He will now be placed on an annual contract.
During Willis’ hearing, it was revealed he ”friended” about 120 students on Facebook. In light of that, school officials said, Willis was rightfully suspended after he used profanity and displayed inappropriate behavior.