3 Teachers Fired for Flirting With Students on Facebook
One even posted a picture of herself kissing teen boy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2010 1:05 PM CDT
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)

(Newser) – Bad idea: Kissing your 18-year-old former student on the lips. Worse idea: Taking a picture of it. Totally insane idea: Posting that picture to Facebook. It’s just one of the crazy stories coming out of New York City, where at least three educators in the past six months have been fired for having inappropriate student-teacher relations on the social networking site. The other two fired teachers, both male, are accused of flirting with female students via Facebook, the New York Post reports.

One allegedly wrote comments like “This is sexy” under their photos and posted ill-advised lines like, “I'm not a gynecologist, but I'll take a look inside.” The other is accused of sending inappropriate messages, like telling one girl she was pretty and another that her “boyfriend [doesn’t] deserve a beautiful girl like you.” The Department of Education apparently doesn’t yet have an official policy in effect for student-teacher Facebook communication. (In other Facebook news, turns out it's a snap to impersonate someone on the site. Click here for that story.)

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Berzelius
Oct 19, 2010 11:30 AM CDT
Problem: “I'm not a gynecologist, but I'll take a look inside.” Not a problem: "Kissing your 18-year-old former student on the lips." (If she graduated of course)
burnspau
Oct 19, 2010 8:59 AM CDT
Doesn't surprise me a bit. And it's not just "young" teachers who fall into the "inappropriate" trap. My 46-year-old ex-husband had the same problem. There is a reason why he is my "ex"-husband! There are certain things that you just don't do.
professortech
Oct 19, 2010 7:19 AM CDT
Insane in the mem-brain! As a teacher of middle and high school students (as well as a teacher of future teachers) this is one of the biggest traps out there for the profession. Today's society blurs the lines between adolescents and adults and young teachers blur them even further by actions such as friending students or former students. In their desire to "make connections", be friends or to boost their "Coolness" factor with kids they engage in behaviors that are fraught with complications and potential for mis-interpretation. The basic rule - Don't friend students or ex-students until they are at least 21 (and even then think thrice)