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Substitute teacher loses job over ‘harmful’ tweet

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A tweet — a retweet, actually — cost a substitute teacher her job with the Albany City School District, highlighting the fact that personal social media use can affect educators. The original April 20 tweet from the popular parody site YA BOY LITTLE BILL noted that a pictured infant looked like singer John Legend and was retweeted more than 2,000 times. Zoe Naylor, a 24-year-old elementary school substitute teacher and middle school softball coach, was ...

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May 1, 2014
6:30 a.m.

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I understand that teachers are held to a standard and their behavior should be beyond exemplary. I agree the teacher should have been dismissed. Teachers especially should be very careful what they post online and what they say in the classroom. Their job is to open students minds to what information is available to help form opinions. They should not try to impose their beliefs on the forming minds of the children in front of them. Having said that I am concerned that the use of the n word is becoming too big an issue. What about the other derogatory words used against every class of citizen whose ancestors have come here from different countries? People of varying ethnic groups? Perhaps if it weren't made such an issue it would just go away.