Mean Girls

TitleMean Girls
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFunke, RD, Boxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published08/2012
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Keywordseducation , PROFESSIONAL ethics , Secondary Education
AbstractTeachers today are often bound by the codes of conduct that schools have for their employees.In the burgeoning age of social media, the boundaries of these rules are being tested. For instance, in one case, New York elementary school teacher Christine Rubino posted the following Facebook status: “After today, I am thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders! I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are the devils (sic) spawn!” This statement was made after school hours the day after a student drowned while on a field trip to the beach. While Rubino took down the comment just days later, she was fired from her job, and only got her job back after a court ruled that the comments were not sufficient grounds for dismissal.
NotesCase from the 2012 Regional Ethics Bowl Competition © Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
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