Teacher Bloggers, Beware

SNARKY TEACHERS BEWARE: A federal appeals court ruled that leaving snarky comments about students and parents can be grounds for dismissal. The case came about from a series of blog posts penned by a Pennsylvania teacher about her teachers and students—although no one was identified specifically. The most derogatory post was a wishlist of comments she wanted to be able to leave on students' report cards, which included words like "rat-like," "loathsome" and "dunderhead." These comments, which soon came to the attention of students, parents and school officials, were judged to be so disruptive to school activities that they did not fall under First Amendment protection.

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