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Natalie Munroe Blog: Cyberbullying, Or Just Telling It Straight?

Natalie Munroe should apologize, not defend herself.

Natalie Munroe, the teacher who has been suspended for slagging her students on her blog, went on Good Morning America to defend her comments about her students.

She says the posts were not meant for public consumption and were taken out of context. Furthermore, she was just telling the truth as she saw it.

That may be, but teachers have inordinate amounts of power over their students. Is it really appropriate for any teacher to publically criticize a student, even anonymously?

On the one hand, you could say she’s not a cyberbully because she didn’t talk trash about individual students – at least not by name. She was writing on her own blog, not posting mean notes on her students’ Facebook profiles or anything like that.

In some ways, calling her students names without naming names makes it worse. CNN reports that the comments were about “caricatures of students that I’ve had over the years, things that I would say if we weren’t limited in the canned comments that we’re allowed to write.”

That opens the door for every student she’s ever had to wonder if they were the target of her mean remarks. That doesn’t exactly make it better.

What she should be doing now is apologizing to all the students she hurt, not defending her rude comments about them. Maybe her students were lazy, entitled, selfish. It’s her job as a teacher to help them work through those problems, not model the same kind of self-centered, privileged behavior.

Natalie Munroe may not be a cyberbully, but she’s not exactly a great role model either.

Photo: TheGiantVermin

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