Friday, April 20, 2012

Teachers can be fired for "objectionable" Internet material posted before they were hired, even if posted by others; filters help some

A teacher in Oxnard, CA was fired for a having appeared in porn videos before she was hired as a teacher.
Curiously, the school’s computer system had blocked the video, so for a while the school didn’t find out and the Internet filtering actually protected her. But eventually students found it on mobile phones.

The Huffington Post has an updated story about Stacie Halas here.

These sorts of things have happened before, as far back as 1999, when a nurse was fired from a Scottsdale AZ hospital for appearing in porn videos with her husband, as documented on ABC 20-20.

But the new incident raises the idea that teachers could be fired if others posted questionable pictures of them in public places, and, particularly, tagged the pictures, even if the pictures had been taken before the teachers had applied for their positions.

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