[LINK] Facebook Photos Lead to a Teacher Losing Her Job
kim at holburn.net
Mon Feb 7 16:07:48 AEDT 2011
Apart from the only in America (so far) aspect to this story there is the worrying point that her facebook account was set to "secure" (whatever that means for facebook).
> The pictures were exactly what you'd expect from a European summer vacation: Cafes in Italy and Spain, the Guinness brewery in Ireland. So 24-year-old Ashley Payne, a public high school English teacher in Georgia, was not prepared for what happened when her principal asked to see her in August 2009.
> "He just asked me, 'Do you have a Facebook page?'" Payne said. "And you know, I'm confused as to why I am being asked this, but I said, 'Yes.' And he said, 'Do you have any pictures of yourself up there with alcohol?'"
> In fact, the picture that concerned the principal - showing Payne holding a glass of wine and a mug of beer - was on her Facebook page. There was also a reference to a local trivia contest with a profanity in its title.
> Payne was told a parent of one of her students called to complain. And then, Payne says, she was given a choice: resign or be suspended.
> "He told me that I needed to make a decision before I left, or he was going to go ahead and suspend me," she said.
> She resigned. Attorney Richard Storrs is fighting to get Payne's job back.
> But here's the really troubling part: Payne had used the privacy settings on Facebook. She thought that only her closest friends could see her vacation photos or her use of the "B" word.
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