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Teacher Who Called Students "Lazy Whiners" Loses Free-Speech Suit

Former Teacher's Free-Speech Lawsuit Dismissed

After Natalie Munroe called her students "disengaged, lazy whiners" on her personal blog, she was fired. In response, Munroe filed a lawsuit and accused the Central Bucks School District and administrators of violating her right to free speech. Two years later, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe dismissed the suit and ruled that the school was within its rights to conclude that the teacher's posts "would erode the necessary trust and respect between Munroe and her students."

"Far from implicating larger discussions of education reform, pedagogical methods, or specific school policies, the postings mainly complained aobut the failure of [Munroe's] students to live up to her expectations," the judge said, according to ABC News.

The article said Munroe's blog did not identify her school, district, colleagues or students, though it did include her picture and name. 

"My students are out of control," one post said. "They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners. They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entilted to whatever they desire, and are just generally annoying."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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