I think the subject line of this whole thread is misleading. The aide
wasn't fired for refusing to hand over her Facebook password. She was
fired for acting unprofessionally. She happened to use Facebook to do it,
and failing to realize that what you post on your facebook wall isn't
really private, it's broadcast to all your friends, and, unless you set
your privacy settings accordingly, the friends of your friends, or maybe
the whole world. It's like announcing something at a huge dinner party or
something, not like whispering something to a friend sitting next to you.
The school district had credible evidence (a parent complaint). The
school district asked for the password to see if there was any evidence
that the evidence they already had was less than credible, and the aide
declined to provide it. Therefore the district acted on the basis of the
only evidence they had (ie assuming the worst in this case simply means
assuming that the evidence they already had was credible).
I suppose I would have handled the investigation a bit differently. I
would have invited the parent in and asked them to show me the stuff on
Facebook that was objectionable, rather than asking to see the aide's
account. But I'm not sure the outcome would have been any different.
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
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>It is kind of like having my boss ask for the key to my house. Sure they
>will go and look, they may even touch a few things...but it still leaves
>me feeling like my "space" has been invaded. If I invite people into my
>house, that is one thing; to have someone demand a key makes me feel very
>uncomfortable. And, what is a password but a virtual key to my "house"?
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>On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM, Matt Grenier <[
>mailto:[log in to unmask] ][log in to unmask]> wrote:
>"in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration
>access to your Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act
>So it truly is Guilty until proven innocent nowadays..... There's so much
>wrong with this incident. This is the bottom line though....If you give
>institutions an inch, you will soon be looking at a mile. In other words,
>if we have to give up our social sites passwords to keep our employment,
>then what is next? Tracking chips to know where you've been? How about
>having to sign a consent to be spied on at home form and then being made
>to give your external IP so your company can watch you? Gotta draw a line
>somewhere in my opinion.
>On 4/3/12 9:54 AM, "Raymond Ballou" <[ mailto:[log in to unmask]
>][log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>its clear you can complain about working conditions, but not many other
>>things about work.
>>not sure how this fits in
>>"She jokingly posted a picture of a co-worker's pants around her ankles
>>and a pair of shoes, with the caption "Thinking of you."
>>its certainly not about working conditions, but it seems only
>>tangentially related to work (2 coworkers)
>>unfortunately she had friended a parent, who complained to the school.
>>as part of the school's investigation they asked for her FB credentials.
>>her refusal is what got her fired.
>>"in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration
>>access to your Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act
>>will be interesting to see how it turns out.