Attorney: Teacher's Facebook comments not intended for public view

CHARLOTTE — An attorney for a suspended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher said Thursday she never intended for the public to view negative comments she made about students on Facebook.

But the case is now part of a national debate that pits teachers' right to free expression against how communities expect them to behave.

“This is a new frontier in education, where technological and social norms are outpacing law and policy,” said Tom Hutton, an attorney for the National School Boards Association.

John Gresham of Charlotte, who represents the teacher, said she only meant to share her comments with friends with access to her page on the popular social networking site.

She now faces possible firing for listing “teaching chitlins in the ghetto of Charlotte” among her activities.

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