Barrow teacher done in by anonymous “parent” e-mail about her Facebook page

I have spent a good part of this week working on the story about Barrow County teacher Ashley Payne. Payne resigned – under pressure, she alleges — after her principal said she was going to

This is one of Ashley Payne's Facebook photos from Europe that an anonymous e-mailer said made her an unfit role model for Barrow students.

This is one of Ashley Payne's Facebook photos from Europe that an anonymous e-mailer said made her an unfit role model for Barrow students.

be suspended for her Facebook postings of photos with alcohol and her use of the word “bitch.” She is now suing the system. (See earlier posting on this for more background.)

Payne posted that she was headed out to play Crazy Bitch Bingo, a popular game played weekly at Joe’s On Juniper in Atlanta.

Her photos are just standard tourist shots of Payne on vacation in Europe, sitting at pubs and beer gardens. Of 700 vacation photos, 10 had alcohol in them.

Somehow, the principal told Payne that a student had seen her Facebook page. I asked several times this week for Barrow to explain to me how it learned that a student saw the page since Payne says her buddy list does not include any parents or students. It does include fellow teachers.

Barrow officials told me a parent had brought the information to the superintendent’s attention, but the district would not release the parent’s name.

Now, I know why.

They don’t have a name. Barrow acted on an anonymous e-mail sent from a fake address. Within two hours of the Barrow superintendent reading this e-mail on the morning of Aug. 27, Payne was watching her career dissolve.

Below is the e-mail, which I think was written by another teacher who did not like Payne and wanted her gone.

There are many reasons why I believe that. First, very few people outside of teachers have the punctuation skills of this writer. Note the punctuation inside a quote. And I have never had anyone feel compelled to explain that Facebook is “a social networking site” outside of academics.

Plus, when is the last time a parent talked about alliteration in such casual fashion?

As well, most parents would say, “My child is a student in Ms. Payne’s literature class.” But this person wrote, “My daughter is a pupil in one of Ms. Payne’s literature classes.

Why? Because as a teacher, this person knows that teachers teach multiple classes and falls into that phrasing instinctively.

Read the e-mail and let’s discuss. (By the way, I sent an e-mail to the return e-mail address on this “parent” note. It could not be delivered because it doesn’t exist.) My story on this issue runs Monday.

To: Dr. Ron Saunders; Ken Greene

Sent: Aug. 27

Subject: Disappointed and worried about my daughter’s teacher

To whom it may concern,

My daughter is a pupil in one of Ms. Payne’s literature classes and friend of hers on the social networking site “Facebook.” Tonight, my daughter says to me casually, “Mom, I’m going to hang out with my bitches.” Shell shocked, I told her not to use profane language in my house ever again.

To make matters worse, my daughter laughs in my face, trying to comfort me by saying, “Mom, it’s ok! Ms. Payne calls her friends bitches! Then she comforts me more by proving to me via “Facebook” and sure enough, it is similar to what Ms. Payne had said in her status update, except hers exclaims: “Ashley Payne is at Bitch Bingo with her bitches.”

I’m standing over my daughter as she scrolls down the page thinking to myself, yes, Ms. Payne what an excellent way to teach my daughter the concept of alliteration!

Ms. Payne also has an unacceptable picture of herself smiling with alcohol for all her online friends to view. See attached.

I am repulsed by Ms. Payne’s profane use of language and how she conducts herself as an example to my teenage daughter. Her behavior is intolerable. I have a question to the Barrow County School System. Is it too hard for our educators to lack discipline online and offline?

I have chosen to remain anonymous regarding this matter for the sake of my daughter.

Ok, teachers. You are the experts. Did a real parent write this? Keep in mind that Payne says she went home after her meeting with the principal and her Facebook was still set at the private level, and there were no students on her friends list.

New addition: After getting a copy of this anonymous e-mail this morning from Barrow along with the statement of the principal, I sent these questions to Barrow spokeswoman Lisa Leighton.

I am showing you exactly what I sent her and the response I received at 4:15 p.m Friday.

Lisa, A critical question after reviewing these documents: This e-mail alleging the original complaint is from Jane Doe. She states that she will not give her name. (”I have chosen to remain anonymous.”) She gives you all a disguised e-mail to which you can’t respond.

How do you know this is true? How do you know this is a parent and not a friend of Ashley’s seeking to get her in trouble?

Where is the evidence that this student exists and that she was, as stated in the anonymous e-mail, admitted to Payne’s Facebook page as a friend? Ashley Payne says she was called into the assistant principal’s office before 8 a.m. The system only received this anonymous complaint at 6: 19 am and threatened suspension in two hours time? That is an incredible turn-around response to an anonymous complaint.

I must note here that you told me earlier today that, “We are protecting the parent and the student and are not releasing their names.”

According to this information, you never had the names. Did you track the parent down? If so, how? Did you track down the parent prior to calling in Payne, which means you had to do so within an hour or so?

Mr. McGee states in his statement that Payne’s Facebook page was “viewed by at least one student and parent.” How was that verified? Please clarify.

If there was a follow-up e-mail where this parent came forward, I would like to see it. Feel free to redact the name, but I think it is important for the county to make clear that it has met this parent and verified this information, meaning you talked to the student and ascertained through Facebook that she did, indeed, have authorized access to Ms. Payne’s Facebook page

Thanks, Maureen

This the response from Barrow County:

Our first step in investigating any complaint is to get the other side. Ms. Payne resigned before we were allowed to investigate further. In addition to what you do have I am also attaching our official statement.

Thank you so much Maureen for gathering as much factual information as possible prior to publishing. I do admire your professionalism.

Official Statement on behalf of Barrow County Schools
November 13, 2009
On behalf of Barrow County Schools a petition has been filed in response to Ms. Payne’s lawsuit through the Superior Court of Barrow County in the state of Georgia. Due to the fact that this is both a personnel and legal matter we are unable to comment further.

391 comments Add your comment

mift

November 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

The problem here is that she “friended” her students. Not a smart idea. Take note teachers-Never do this!

Marie

November 13th, 2009
3:38 pm

Interesting, I thought about this one and I do agree with your conclusion that most likely, a rival teacher wrote this email. I didn’t discount the possibility that a parent with a career in journalism, teaching or law (which all would require strong writing abilities) could have wrote this, but the term “pupil” is just not how a parent would think (never heard a parent refer to their child by that term when I taught) but is how students are identified in teacher/admin lingo.

Also if the “parent” had attached photos that could only have been accessed by being on Ms. Payne’s friend list, and Ms. Payne had no students as friends but did have teachers as friends, the logical conclusion can only be that a fellow teacher was the culprit. That the email you sent was not deliverable should also raise alarm bells that this was not a legitimate complaint.

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Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
3:38 pm

There is no evidence she “friended” her student, only the anonymous allegation in this e-mail. In my interview with Payne, she says she has no students allowed on her Facebook page.
Maureen

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
3:41 pm

Marie, You made a good catch on “pupil.” Outside of the newspaper where we are supposed to call students in the lower grades “pupils,” I never hear real people use that word.
Maureen

Observer of Mediocrity

November 13th, 2009
3:47 pm

Having come from the private side ti the public side of employment, I am shocked and amazed by the self-righteousness and pettiness of many of our so called educators in school systems today. Those few teachers who are really trying to make an impact are derailed by the behavior, and attitude of those who just want a paycheck.

Obviously, this was written by a peer whom did not like this particular teacher (for what ever reason) and decided to act in a subversive, and underhanded way. The old saying of “Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” or “Let those without sin cast the first stone” most likely applies here.

As far as the school superintendant goes, shame for not having the fortitude to truly investigate the facts.

Besides, if this was a parent (which I truly doubt) why is it automatically the school’s fault for your child’s use of slang withih your household? Why should the school system discipline an individual outside of your home’s influence, when a child is a reflection of the parent(s) child raising effort.

Shame for what our society is slowly coming to,… “it’s always someone else’s fault, but never our own”

Shan

November 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

Payne’s situation is exactly why I will never use social networking websites such as Twitter or Facebook. Anyone with deductive reasoning skills can clear see that this email was sent by a coworker. I agree with you Maureen, there is no way a parent would write in this fashion, and even if it one did, the word “pupil” would never be used!

Lee

November 13th, 2009
4:11 pm

I agree, who in the hell knows about alliterations except a language arts teacher? Look around that department for one who has a corncob stuck up their butt and you’ve probably found the person who sent the email.

BTW, if this picture is representative, there is no way that Ms. Payne violated the moral turpitude standard.

Please, please, oh please let her lawsuit go to trial and let me be on the jury. Advice to the Barrow County School system lawyer, tell them they do not have a chance in hell of winning this case.

Stacey

November 13th, 2009
4:16 pm

Since when is a grown woman drinking wine a need for anyone to get upset?

BlackGirl

November 13th, 2009
4:17 pm

As I was reading this e-mail I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud. This “parent” has a teenaged daughter that used the “b” word and stated that it was okay because her teacher does it on her social networking site? Seriously?!

Teachers are examples to students while teaching them. Our personal lives in no way affect the students we teach. I want to say that I am shocked that the principal didn’t further investigate, but I’m not. With all of the schools I’ve taught in, there are only 2 that had highly qualified principals. The rest were just collecting a check.

Dr. Philip G. Allen

November 13th, 2009
4:19 pm

As a retired school administrator, I can almost assure you that this teacher has been done in by an underhanded coworker who has chosen to dislike her and to do her harm. The principal appears to be a gutless wonder who does not have enough courage or integrity to tell the complainant to get a life.

It is likely that the complaining teacher informed by word of mouth and has had a long standing relationship with the principal. The use of the word bitch would be highly appropriate for the coworker who engineered this injustice.

Mary

November 13th, 2009
4:23 pm

If a teacher wrote the letter, I sure hope it wasn’t an English teacher. >> “Is it too hard for our educators to lack disciple online and offline?”

Mary

November 13th, 2009
4:38 pm

I wonder if anyone tried to get the IP address from the email.

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
4:40 pm

Mary, I was wondering the same thing, but it was sent in the early hours so the sender was at home. If you read the blog again, you will see that I added the response I just got from Barrow about whether they tried to track the e-mail or even verify. What they said was that they did not because Payne resigned after that first confrontation by the principal.
Maureen

jessica

November 13th, 2009
4:43 pm

Anyone can clearly see that it is from someone who teaches literature, because there are no grammatical errors, commas, semi-colons, etc. are perfect.

Bulldawg

November 13th, 2009
4:45 pm

Just wow!

More political correctness, zero tolerance run amok.

JA

November 13th, 2009
4:52 pm

I think Maureen that your focus is misguided- it is on “Who did it” instead of the “What image the County can demand that a teacher uphold.” Certainly, it’s lawful for the teacher to drink, but is it not okay for Barrow County to demand that such behavior is not posted on facebook.” Barrow County is her employer after all. AJC has restrictions on what you do. The NFL has restrictions on Twitter usage. The NBA has a dress code. Employers reserve the right to set the tone as to what is appropriate or not. They feel that facebook pictures of their employees with wine and beer, obviously illegal for minors, is not appropriate. There are so many consequences of alcohol used incorrectly and irresponsibly, and therefore, an Employer, charged with the duty to guide children, such as Barrow County, can make a call on what’s outside the lines.

Political Man

November 13th, 2009
4:57 pm

Good God, only in religious fanatical America could someone posting vacation pictures doing ordinary things be hounded out of a job. The sickness lies with the incredibly silly Barrow county school officials. This is the standard of behavior that students are supposed to emulate? I think not.

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

JA, I disagree. When I spoke to the Barrow spokeswoman this week, she said several times that the real issue here was the inappropriate online contact with the student, that the teacher crossed the time in allowing a student access to her Facebook.
But I have my doubts that there is a student involved here. The system acted on an e-mail it could not and did not verify. (See my new blog entry on this.)
By the way, Barrow does not have a social networking policy yet – they have one under review.
So, I am still not clear what they think Payne did wrong since I don’t believe that there was any student on her Facebook page. And all the county has is an anonymous e-mail with a fake address.
Maureen

Longtime AJC Subscriber

November 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

This is pretty flimsy journalism.

Do you really believe that only a teacher would know the word “pupil” or how to punctuate a basic sentence? Come on, AJC. Most Georgians are stupid, but not all of us. That email could’ve been written by anyone.

The bigger question is, who cares? Does this little disagreement — whether a parent or a teacher emailed a little complaint to one high school principal — really merit a news story? Let alone 1,170 words?

Next time, spend “a good part of your week” on some real news. Save this junk for Twitter.

Josephine

November 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

from above: “Payne says her buddy list does not include any parents or students. It does include fellow teachers.”

If you’re privacy settings are high enough, it is possible for certain groups to not even be able to search for you, let alone read your information.

If she wasn’t friends with her students, and had proper security settings, then they would have never been able to see her wall, status, or pictures.

ZaneSmith's teeth

November 13th, 2009
5:01 pm

Ms. Payne will now cost the school system thousands of dollars because they are fools! She has every right to sue the hell out of the principal and school system if she can prove she was forced to resign.
Have you seen what teenagers post on Facebook???? There is not a high school girl in this country that would be shocked or offended by a glass of wine or the use of the word bitch to refer to friends. Have you walked the halls of a public school in the last 10 years?
Shame on the gutless and stupid administration of this school. You demonstrated once again why Georgia is the laughing stock of the country when it comes to education. A+

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
5:02 pm

Longtime, Given the fact that we have thousands of young teachers with Facebook accounts and given simple standards of fairness, I do think this is a big story. I think any teacher would be scared to death if this is the evidence with which they can be hounded out of a job.
Maureen

Mike

November 13th, 2009
5:03 pm

This is a waste of time, energy and resources. This lady is being treated just like folks in our legal system. They seem to be guilty until proven innocent. How many of you educators haven’t had drinks and engaged in behavior you normally wouldn’t do otherwise while you are on vacation or break? At least she didn’t end up at a spring break party. This must have been done by some vindictive b^$^ that has it in for her. Tell you what. Send me the email address of the person who wronged her and I’ll tell you who it is for free. I am a forensics security specialist and that is what I do.

live.love.eat.

November 13th, 2009
5:05 pm

I’m finding a hard time to find this “parent” to be a real person. For one thing this “parent” must not allow her child to watch anything above a G rating. She seems so horrified of the thought of a picture of drinking alcohol. I wonder what this “parent” does whenever a beer commercial comes on. If this “parent” was at a high school she would drop down dead hearing the exchange of profane language form some of the students. Secondly, it is not allowed for teachers to friend their students. It is prohibited. Whoever this “parent” is has some jealousy issues or a grudge.

Tony Joseph

November 13th, 2009
5:05 pm

I think it’s amazing that we’re supposed to NOT take the word of the complaining parent but we ARE supposed to take the word of Ashley Payne with a similar lack of evidence. Since Ms Payne has now taken down her Facebook page (coincidence?), you can’t prove her claim that it was private and didn’t include students. Very likely, it became public on another member’s page when she tagged somebody else’s name in one of her hundreds of pictures. If you’re going to be a language arts teach who chooses to use improper language on Facebook, not knowing how things get linked back to other people’s pages is no excuse. People get fired every day for not knowing what they are doing and most of them don’t consider suing for their job back nearly three months later. They learn from their mistake and move on.

You want another fact? How about that Payne conveniently leaves out her “bitch” comments and now only cries about the photos getting her fired every time she gets interviewed. If the accusation of making the “bitch” comments was false, Payne would be denying it, not ignoring it. Finally, if this was such a cut and dry situation, why did it take almost three months to file suit? Does Payne really think that, if she wins, they will back pay her for the time she sat around choosing to do nothing? Frankly, I hope they do grant her the hearing so that the entire board can fire her. After all, do you think they would actually want to rehire somebody who goes on such a public trashing party tour? Let the Barrow School Board give the ENTIRE story, not the just the parts Payne wants to tell, and then let the chips falls where they should have all along.

FWIW, I am the son of a retired collegiate speech professor who was very capable of using the same language in a similar e-mail when I was that age. Just because you don’t know parents that intelligent doesn’t mean they cease to exist.

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeeee

November 13th, 2009
5:06 pm

That school system is ridiculus obviously. OMG, a legal aged woman having a glass of wine, call the National Guard! The anonymous woman is one of those mothers trying to shield her daughter from everything. Mommy is the real Bi***. She better not let her daughter go to any co-ed birthday parties after the sixth grade where i hear now they play “special” games.Don’t let her watch MTV and most other channels. No commercials to see those E.D. commercials. Did this Mom check out the photos from the friends her daughter had? Depending on the age it could have been very racy for young girls By looking at Ms. Payne she can probably move from No-Where’s-Ville and move to the city to find herself a good man to sponge off of anyway.

IC Atlanta

November 13th, 2009
5:07 pm

crazy beeches – glad I don’t work in the public school system.

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
5:10 pm

Tony, Ashley has admitted the bitch comment to me. As the e-mail said, she wrote under her status that she was going to play bitch bingo, which is the real name of a real game played at a local restaurant/bar in Midtown. (It’s quite popular.)
We were just debating here whether bitch is now even an expletive as Barrow says or slang.
I would have more faith in complaining parent if she signed her name and if she had a real e-mail.
I talk to many people off the record, but I would never trust an e-mail accusation from an address that doesn’t exist.
Maureen

JA

November 13th, 2009
5:10 pm

The real issue (which is relative) is whether it’s appropriate for a teacher, who represents the school at all times (sad but true) to post pictures of a questionable act online (I say questionable b/c the use of profanity, despite the context, along with having 2 big glasses of wine, and then posting it on facebook is a questionable act to some).

Her private choice to drink and cuss (been in the South a while!) became public and open to scrutiny when she posted it on facebook.

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeeee

November 13th, 2009
5:11 pm

Ms. Payne looks great and should leave No-Where’s-Ville and move to the city or just North of it to find a good man to sponge off of.

My Two Cents

November 13th, 2009
5:12 pm

I concur Ashley Payne was “done in” by a mean co-worker. The email was not sent in by a legitimate sender. How can anyone be threatened with a loss of a job without proper documentation including a name? The charge is ridiculous and she should not have resigned. However, it is never wise to post pictures or statements that could be used against you on a public forum. You necessarily don’t have to be a friend to look at the page but in actuality be a friend of a friend. How sad that a nasty person was able to get away with a terrible slander of a co-worker without being properly identified and their identity made public. Barrow County School System, your actions were wrong and without basis. Ashley Payne deserves her job back.

thera

November 13th, 2009
5:13 pm

The email is very carefully written. The author is not irate or even upset. S/he is self-righteous. The details given of the conversation with the “daughter” are literary in nature. I would look for someone who is jealous, who has a grudge, who may feel slighted by Ashley Payne, or imagines it. A rational person would not send such an email. And since when is having a glass of wine in a bar or pub unethical? Ms. Payne is 27. She spent her hard earned cash to vacation in Europe. Finally, she wasn’t calling a student a bitch. Anyone who would be offended by her language obviously hasn’t spent much time around “real” teenagers. The resolution of this will certainly be interesting in these increasingly puritanical times.

Fundad

November 13th, 2009
5:14 pm

This is rediculous. I agree with Dr. Allen that her principle should have had her back. As far as this being done in the name of religious fanatics, come on political man. There is no evidence of religion being the cause of this. ON another note, while I sincerely appreciate the job Maureen has done in aggressively getting to the bottom of this story, I can’t help but think that I wish our media had the same zeal when it comes to finding facts about the bills our Congress are attempting to perpetrate on us such as this health care/insurance.whatever “reform”.

Hymie

November 13th, 2009
5:20 pm

Why anyone would want to be a teacher is beyond me. Idiots for bosses, idiot parents, idiot students… and anyone who tries to raise a student above the level of idiot is ostracized.

Ron

November 13th, 2009
5:21 pm

Supposed parent used typical language of a teacher. The really silly part is how a student says ,out of the blue, how she is going to hang out with her ‘”bit***s etc. and how it was alright to use language since teacher did.Everything just seemed to fall in place “to conveniently” for this to be true or even believable. Sounds like something said on a 3rd rate TV. show. This teacher must have threatened principal if action was not taken against teacher..

JH

November 13th, 2009
5:23 pm

I have to agree with JA. The other point that is not being discussed today is that this teacher was just a 2 year employee working in a “right to fire” state. Payne is not tenured and can be fired for any reason – and yes a disgruntled co-worker is probably the culprit. I have worked for several large corporations and if you read the fine print, they can pretty much fire you any sort of behavior THEY deem inappropriate.

Payne should just have moved on and found another job. Now this lawsuit and the publicity surrounding it will make it difficult for her to find another job. In the end, the lawyers are will get paid and Payne will be left with nothing.

Veteran Pedagogue

November 13th, 2009
5:26 pm

The fact that the teacher had photographs on her personal networking site showing her consuming alcohol should not matter in the least. Nor should her use of teh word “bitch.” Her only mistake was to resign instead of waiting to be fired. If she offered her resignation voluntarily it will be harder to prove ceorcion, even though I am certain coercion probably took place. Just another example of teachers being held up to impossible standards in and out of the classroom. But this Georgia, where the governor thinks bass fishing is more importatant than education.

Go Payne!

November 13th, 2009
5:26 pm

Assuming that Ms. Payne had the good sense to not add her students as friends, this is clearly the work of a co-worker. She is not seen doing anything illegal, and her choice of words are her 1st amendment rights. I hope she clobbers Barrow County in her lawsuit as her career as a teacher is likely ended anywhere.

Lynn43

November 13th, 2009
5:27 pm

In my school district, we ignore communication which is not signed. If someone isn’t honest enough to include their name, they cannot be taken seriously. My Superintendent and none of us Board Members would have let this happen to one of our teachers.

Ladybug

November 13th, 2009
5:28 pm

THIS IS SOMEONE WHO WAS ON VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO????!!!!!!!!!! IF SHE WAS DRINKING DURING SCHOOL HOURS THEN I WOULD BE WORRIED!!!!! I DO NOT PERSONALY KNOW THIS TEACHER, BUT SHE IS PROBABLY A REAL GOOD TEACHER AND THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE HER OVER A JEALIOUS CO-WORKER WHICH IS THE ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE GOTTEN RID OF, ESPECIALLY IF SHE IS UNDER HANDED ENOUGH TO DO SOMTHING LIKE THIS!!!!!! WHAT A SHAME !!!!!

Longtime AJC Subscriber

November 13th, 2009
5:29 pm

Ms. Downey,

You make a fair point: Teachers should not have to worry about losing their jobs because they post innocuous photos on Facebook. But, with all due respect, that’s not the point of your argument.

You tried to make a case that a teacher, not a parent, ratted out Ms. Payne. And the only evidence you marshaled is that the emailer used slightly formal words like “pupil” and terms like “social networking site.” Is that really enough proof? Can you really claim to “know” who sent the email based on such scant evidence?

I agree with you that most parents might phrase their emails differently. But I’m not a teacher, and neither are most readers here, and I doubt anyone is stumbling over SAT words like “innocuous” and “marshaled.” So is it really a stretch to believe that one might have — just maybe — used the word “pupil”?

jennifer

November 13th, 2009
5:29 pm

Hymie said it all.

Mark

November 13th, 2009
5:30 pm

I certainly hope that no one in the Barrow County Schools Administration office purchase alcohol where someone else may see this. I also hope that they do not ever attend a social function with only adults where they might say something that an adult might repeat within ear shot of a child. If so, I hope they are also forced to resign within hours of such an incident.

glodar

November 13th, 2009
5:30 pm

When on facebook, you can view someone elses photos without being on their friend list. All it takes is for a mutal friend to make a comment or get tagged in that picture. You can then click on that pic and be in their album. You will then be able to view all of their pics, but not have access to their home page or write on their wall

Average Joe

November 13th, 2009
5:31 pm

This type of behavior really makes me wonder what has happened to this country. And no. I am not talking about the teacher. 10 out of 700? Sounds like a pretty lame vacation to me. Refering to a game by the name it was given by the establishment where it takes place? Outlandish!

Really am glad I spent all thos years in the military defending peoples right to be idiots. Geez people, get a hobby or something!

HistoryTeacher

November 13th, 2009
5:32 pm

As a high school teacher who still has photos on their facebook page from college I find this horrifying. It’s sad and unfortunate that one of her fellow co-workers would do this to her, and it sure seems that it what has occurred. I am willing to go further in my assumption about it being a teacher, I believe that it is a literature teacher. The punctuation, the quotation around facebook and the term alliteration proves to me that this is someone who has a strong grasp on grammar and how it is to be used. I don’t know much about this school district but I sure hope she wins this course case and in the discovery phase the school system is forced to reveal this “parent.” I’m sorry Ashley and I sure hope everything works out for you.

Maureen Downey

November 13th, 2009
5:36 pm

Longtime, I think it is more than just the weird use of pupil. Ignoring the stilted language, the improbable exchange with the daughter, let me point out that Payne posted the “bitch bingo” comment Wednesday night and the e-mail was sent early Thursday morning. I have a hard time believing that seconds after Payne posted, a student somehow saw it and ran to her mom to try out her new “word.”
Further, why not sign the e-mail? Parents complain about teachers every single day and use their names.
On top of the lack of a name, why have a false e-mail?
Payne told me that she was led to Barrow for her first job because the system has some connections to the UGA language arts ed folks. Would anyone from UGA want to send a young teacher to Barrow after this?
Maureen

Catherine Pharo

November 13th, 2009
5:39 pm

I do not see an “alcohol” label on that glass. Who has any way of knowing what the lady is drinking.?
Does Georgia have a law against teachers drinking alcohol on their own time? I have a problem with people who do not identify themselves as they attempt to destroy someone else. COWARD!!!

Big Man

November 13th, 2009
5:39 pm

If the child did not already not know that she shouldn’t be using that word then the parent failed. I am inclined to believe it is fake also, but either way this is silly. I agree this topic is very relevant as the issue of “policing” social networking by employers is a fairly new thing. It is especially important for teachers as they have to watch every thing they do or don’t do as the slightest thing can cost them their career. I’m glad I changed my mind about going into education.