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Natalie Munroe Blog: Should She Be Fired For It?

Natalie Munroe is a high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia. She was recently suspended for authoring a profanity-laced blog in which she called her students “disengaged, lazy whiners”.

She has been getting a lot of media attention about this, and even defended herself on video. But many are asking the question: what’s wrong with calling out unmotivated, nameless students?

30-year-old Natalie Munroe is now fighting to keep her job at Central Bucks East High School. Her online blog comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have clearly touched a nerve with people across the country. Online commenters applaud her for taking a tough love approach or claim she is guilty of verbal abuse. Supporters have even started a Facebook group.

Natalie started the blog in August 2009 for her family and friends. Although she did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, students brought it to the attention of the school last week, which suspended her with pay.

She did write positive things, but also acknowledges that she did write the negative things out of frustration , and because she feels so many kids today are given a free pass both at school and at home. “Parents are more trying to be their kids’ friends and less trying to be their parent.”

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

She also listed comments she wished she could write on her student evaluations, including: “Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?”

“They get angry when you ask them to think or be creative,” she said during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The students are not being held accountable.”

Natalie has hired an attorney, Steven Rovner, and said she had the right to post her thoughts on the blog; that it’s a free speech issue. “She could have been any person, any teacher in America writing about their lives,” he said. He also points out that out of 85 blog posts, only about 15 to 20 of the posts involved her being a teacher.

“It’s honest and raw and a little edgy depending on your taste. … She has a deep frustration for the educational system in America…She did it as carefully as she could. It’s so general that it applies to the problems in school districts and schools across the country.”

The district has led Natalie to believe she’ll be fired; her attorney says that they are ready to proceed with legal action if that happens.

Although the blog has been taken down, its contents can still be found easily online.

What do you think about Natalie Munroe’s blog? Do you feel she had the right to write about her thoughts about her students and her frustrations?

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