Steven Smith was employed by the Avon School District as a high school English Language Arts teacher. He posted three photos of his students’ writing on Facebook, highlighting their grammar gaffes and misspellings. He also commented on the mistakes.
Smith’s posts weren’t shared publicly on the social media site, but a customized group of his Facebook friends could see the photos. Someone who thought his posts were inappropriate for a school teacher did not contact Smith but did contact the local newspaper about the photos and comments. The school district’s central office received an anonymous tip about the teacher, his posts, and the forthcoming newspaper article.
1. In the first paragraph, consider either the perspective of the teacher, a parent, the administrator or a student. What would they likely say about the news release and the actions of the teacher?
2. In a second paragraph, discuss which dispositions (SCRIP), ethical standards (MCEE), and/or Biblical principles were violated or upheld. Include at least one specific example from one of these categories and remember to use citations and references to support your work.