Teachers And Students Should NOT Be Friends On Facebook

On the list of people you should not be friends with on Facebook … let’s add teachers and students, shall we? In the last six months, three New York City public school teachers have been fired for inappropriate Facebook activity with students. Cringe. Cringe. Cringe. Thirty-seven-year-old Chadwin Reynolds, a high school teacher in the Bronx, was found to have friended six of his female students, leaving “sexy” comments on their photos and boasting on his wall, “I’m not a gynecologist but I’ll take a look.” Nooooooo!

Substitute teacher Stephen D’Andrilli also friended several of his female students and sent one a message telling her she was pretty. He even tried to visit her during one of her classes. Wrong!

Finally, 30-year-old Laurie Hirsch was fired because of her Facebook faux pas. She posted a pic of her kissing one of her 18-year-old students on the lips, which led investigators to discover that she had been having a sexual affair with the boy. OK, she must have wanted to get caught because that’s complete stupidity.

This just kills me, considering I used to be a high school teacher. It was school policy that we weren’t allowed to be friends with our students on MySpace or Facebook because … well, because of obvious reasons. But if school policy doesn’t govern you, common sense should. It’s important to keep appropriate boundaries with your students and this stuff is just creepy. You are not their friend; you are their teacher. [NY Post]