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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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To: TomGuy

She probably took the picture and posted to FB with her Iphone. Computers are so 20th century.


41 posted on 04/02/2012 4:54:48 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: richmwill
I've been a teacher's aide for many years and yes, unfortunately, parents do indeed complain about the oddest of things.

I think some have too much time on their hands. I'm not talking about reasonable complaints but the ones like you stated.

42 posted on 04/02/2012 4:57:05 PM PDT by CAluvdubya
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To: humblegunner

You may want to switch to decaf.


43 posted on 04/02/2012 4:57:19 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
You may want to switch to decaf.

Or perhaps sniveling weasels should switch to not trashing folks they assume cannot respond.

Did that occur to you?

44 posted on 04/02/2012 5:00:14 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

No it didn’t. I was trying to lighten up the thread.


45 posted on 04/02/2012 5:06:50 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Dallas59; All
The parent is clearly not a "friend" to the teacher's aide.

I oppose the move by employers to demand "social network" passwords as a condition of employment. At a minimum, it's a violation of the network's terms of service.

With that in mind, from an employer's viewpoint, if you hand it over what does that say about your trustworthiness regarding other agreements.

46 posted on 04/02/2012 5:06:50 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: EEGator
I was trying to lighten up the thread.

Oh.

Let me help.


47 posted on 04/02/2012 5:11:10 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

In my state (nc) an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason, just not a discriminatory or illegal reason (demanding sex or giving up a child would fit that). Similarly an employee can quit for any reason, apparently even a discriminatory one, such as the race of your boss. Smart employees and employers see each other’s value.


48 posted on 04/02/2012 5:12:48 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: humblegunner

That is either a funny reply, or you are a very bitter person...


49 posted on 04/02/2012 5:15:02 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Could be both.

It’s bitterly funny.


50 posted on 04/02/2012 5:19:25 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: cuban leaf

Okay, that is super creepy. How could someone find out?


51 posted on 04/02/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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FIGHT LIKE A SPARTAN!

52 posted on 04/02/2012 5:23:14 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: newzjunkey

“I oppose the move by employers to demand “social network” passwords as a condition of employment. At a minimum, it’s a violation of the network’s terms of service.”
____________________________________________________

It would make an interesting court case.
I do not know how other FReepers would respond to such an intrusion.
As for myself, I would never give in to such an intrusion
on my personal life, but I have never worked for anyone but myself, and now retired on my beach.


53 posted on 04/02/2012 5:24:47 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: humblegunner

I’m an optimist, so you get the benefit of the doubt.


54 posted on 04/02/2012 5:25:35 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: leaning conservative; cuban leaf

Using the IP addresses where cuban leaf posted from. You can run, but you can’t hide...


55 posted on 04/02/2012 5:28:23 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
I’m an optimist, so you get the benefit of the doubt.

Huzzah! Three cheers and a tiger for me.

56 posted on 04/02/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

No one should be able to say anything about anyone without the “man” knowin huh humblegunner. The “man” should be able to have full control of every facet of our lives and we should be forced to let them even see in our personal space huh humblegunner. After all the “man” needs to control us if we step out of line huh humblegunner.


57 posted on 04/02/2012 5:51:57 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: humblegunner

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

EXACTLY. Once she brought her company (school in this case) into it, they have EVERY RIGHT, in my opinion, to protect their reputation.

If she wanted to keep her ‘privacy’, then she should have also protected that of the school.


58 posted on 04/02/2012 6:31:39 PM PDT by BobL
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To: EEGator

—Is the second one for crazy pics, your employer, or for creepin’?—

It’s for making comments on sites that require facebook or twitter to make comments. It’s not really me so I can say anything I want. It’s a different zip code and slightly different name.

I don’t do ANYTHING controversial with anything that is “easily” traceable to me. I’m an IT contractor. Part of my job is changing jobs. It would be poison.


59 posted on 04/03/2012 3:46:35 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: leaning conservative

The same way the RIAA finds you so they can sue you for uploading music. It’s easy to find someone if you have the power of the law on your side. The exception is the guy that does “hard” stealth. Like I mentioned in another post: Dedicated laptop, only free wi-fi, etc.

And even then, if they want you bad enough, it’s technically possible to find you, though if they did it would probably make a good movie. Plus, it means you would have had to do something that makes it worth their time and effort.


60 posted on 04/03/2012 3:50:21 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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