She should know that the Internet is a public network and act accordingly.
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Wickberg
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 11:28 AM
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Subject: Re: Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook
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
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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 accordingly."
>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 accordingly."
>>will be interesting to see how it turns out.