Commentary: Teachers should be punished in Facebook case

This editorial appeared in The Charlotte Observer.

Lesson 1: Facebook or MySpace, those popular social networking Web sites that let you set up online profiles of yourself, are not private UNLESS you make them private.

Lesson 2: People will judge you by what you post on MySpace or Facebook, and most often negatively.

Lesson 3: Many employers are hiring and even firing based on what they find on these sites.

Five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers are learning these lessons this week. One teacher faces firing for posting derogatory comments about students on Facebook. Four others have been disciplined for posts involving poor judgment and bad taste.

Add stupidity to the list of offenses, too.

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