Natalie Munroe Blog: Pa. Teacher Suspended Over Online Blasts at Students
(CBS/KYW/AP) Natalie Munroe, a high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia, was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners."
"My students are out of control," Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. "They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying."
As she fights to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School, the 30-year-old teacher says she had no interest in becoming any sort of educational icon. The blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.
In another post, Munroe - who is more than eight months pregnant - writes: "Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS." She also comes up with a colorful list of comments that she felt should be available on student report cards.
Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve, with scores of online commenters applauding her for taking a tough love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. Media attention has rained down, and backers have started a Facebook group.
Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family. Last week, she said, students brought it to the attention of the school, which suspended her with pay.
"They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative," Munroe said of her students in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The students are not being held accountable."
Munroe pointed out that she also said positive things, but she acknowledges that she did write some things out of frustration.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Education Association declined to comment Tuesday to the Associated Press.
According to CBS affiliate KYW, Munroe has hired an attorney, who said that she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog and that it's a free speech issue. The attorney, Steven Rovner, said the district has led Munroe to believe that she will eventually lose her job.
Rovner said that he would consider legal action if indeed Munroe loses her job.
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