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

(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.)

The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.
The Facebook logo is displayed at a news conference in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)
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