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A Lesson in Online Etiquette

“I already want to stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days.” said one Tweet, or Twitter posting in June. “So happy to be done w/school for 10 days, but especially to be away from the ones who truly try my patience & make my trigger finger itchy.” said another. The posts were among several from Newark (Calif.) Memorial High School teacher Krista Hodges, about her frustrations with students, “2 of whom I wish would get hit by a car.” Hodges admitted that her online comments were unprofessional. The school issued a written reprimand, and Hodges has deleted her Twitter account. “I never expected anyone would take me seriously,” she said. “If I had thought for one moment that someone would read anything I said on Twitter and take me seriously, you’d better believe I would have been much more careful with what I’ve said.” (MS/San Jose Mercury News) ...Teachers teach, sometimes by example — even if it’s an example of what not to do.
Original Publication Date: 14 September 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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