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Grade school teacherís aide fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password
Yahoo News ^ | 4/2/2012 | Yahoo News

Posted on 04/02/2012 3:27:33 PM PDT by Dallas59

Kimberly Hester, a grade school teacher's aide in Michigan, was fired for refusing to hand over her Facebook password to her supervisors. Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of you." She posted the picture in jest, but a parent who's on her Facebook friend list saw the image and reported it to Frank Squires Elementary where Hester was employed, prompting the investigation.

Teachers have gotten in trouble for Facebook status messages before, but in Hester's case, it's her refusal to hand over her password that actually got her fired. One of the supervisors from the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (ISD), the regional service center for education in Michigan, even wrote her a letter when she refused to give them her password for the third time. Part of the letter read: "... in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly." Lewis Cass wanted to put Hester on a paid administrative leave before they fired her, but she chose to go on an unpaid leave because she believes she did nothing wrong. She plans to use the letter she received to sue the school district.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: employer; facebook; kimberlyhester; password; socialnetworks
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1 posted on 04/02/2012 3:27:40 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of you."

No, it couldn't be her own actions that had anything to do with this.

Could it?

2 posted on 04/02/2012 3:34:06 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Dallas59

Where is this insanity coming from? Why should anyone ever have to hand over their Facebook passwords - or passwords to anything else? How about email passwords next? Passwords to favorite political forums?


3 posted on 04/02/2012 3:36:14 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Dallas59
I'm going to monitor this thread and report any fishy [read "conservative"] responses to #attackwatch and flag@whitehouse.gov.

I'm not sure where to begin? The teacher's aide for posting the picture on facebook..... The parent that ratted her out....the supervisor that demanded the password....or the idiot that put it in writing stating she was fired for not handing over her facebook password.

These people teach children.......be afraid.

4 posted on 04/02/2012 3:36:37 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Dallas59

If she posted to Facebook from school/school computer, she might be liable.

If she posted to Facebook from elsewhere, she call tell them to suck eggs, and sue them for wrongful termination.


5 posted on 04/02/2012 3:37:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: humblegunner

“...but in Hester’s case, it’s her refusal to hand over her password that actually got her fired.”

Do you think that is okay?


6 posted on 04/02/2012 3:38:53 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
Do you think that is okay?

Would it have ever come up if she hadn't posted pics of co-workers?

Personal responsibility is a bitch.

7 posted on 04/02/2012 3:42:30 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

You didn’t answer the question.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 3:43:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: TomGuy

Is there a way to know which computer the pic came from? I’m sure that I heard someone at Sheriff Joe’s BC presser say that they could tell which computer in the White Crib created and put up the phony BC. Do computers leave electronic footprints?


9 posted on 04/02/2012 3:45:37 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Dallas59
Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of you."

Prove it! Those shoes and pants could belong to anyone.

What is wrong with the stupid parent for complaining about something like this? Surely there must be more to this story....

10 posted on 04/02/2012 3:47:22 PM PDT by CAluvdubya
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To: EEGator
You didn’t answer the question.

I figure people who post crap about their workplace where anyone can see it are stupid.

If that stupidity has consequences, then fine, I hope they learn from it.

Is that answer enough for you?

11 posted on 04/02/2012 3:48:28 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Dallas59

Hester wins another ‘A’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PujvRmxvtao


12 posted on 04/02/2012 3:48:47 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: humblegunner

Depending on her settings, not anyone can see it. Thus her employer asking for her login.

No reason to be a smart ass.


13 posted on 04/02/2012 3:51:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: carriage_hill

IP address


14 posted on 04/02/2012 3:52:46 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Dallas59

I guess this will depend on what’s in her employment agreement.

I think of an online presence as private property, being asked to relinquish that without a court order is suspect.

I wonder if they or the person pictured asked her to remove it first?


15 posted on 04/02/2012 3:56:32 PM PDT by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: CAluvdubya

Some parents complain about anything at all. When I was a Youth Leader for my church, I received a phone call from the Associate Pastor asking about my Myspace page and expressing concern if there was anything inappropriate on it. Turns out a parent had gone on to my page and a liquor ad popped up (that Myspace put on in their ad banner, not me). So the parent called the Pastor expressing great concern that I was “promoting” alcohol to the teens in the Youth Group. When of course I wouldn’t do anything at all like that, nor could I choose which ads were placed on the site. So yes, I got the blame for this supposed “pushing of alcohol”. It happens. And yes, parents will call on it.


16 posted on 04/02/2012 3:58:47 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: humblegunner

“Personal responsibility is a bitch.”
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Yes, but this story is quite confusing as it seems to go beyond a simple infraction of posting an improper photo, in which case she could be subject to whatever punishment.

What does her password have to do with anything?
It would be like demanding the password to my Email accounts,
in which case I would tell them to go suck an egg.


17 posted on 04/02/2012 4:04:13 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kaosinla
I just looked at Facebook's Terms of Service agreement. It would be a violation of that agreement to share your password; as it should be. This employers is out of line and I'm betting will face a wrongful termination suit.

From the terms of service...

You will not share your password, (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.

18 posted on 04/02/2012 4:10:37 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Longbow1969

—Passwords to favorite political forums?—

There is a semblance of anonymity there anyway. I know it’s easy enough to find out if they really want to, but if they asked for my password I would say “Cuban leaf? Who’s that?”


19 posted on 04/02/2012 4:11:29 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: EEGator

I have two facebook accounts. One has no friends at all. :-)


20 posted on 04/02/2012 4:13:22 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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