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Natalie Munroe: Pregnant Teacher Suspended For Blogging

An eight months pregnant high school teacher has been suspended for blogging about her students.  30-year-old Natalie Munroe teaches high school at Central Bucks East High School in suburban Philadelphia.

“My students are out of control,” Munroe, who has taught 10th, 11th and 12th grades, wrote in one post. “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.”

The profanity-laced blog has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.

Her comments and her suspension by the middle-class school district have set off a debate.  Some are applauding Monroe for taking a tough love approach and some are saying a teacher should never unleash verbal abuse like that on students.

In another post, Munroe — who is more than eight months pregnant — quotes from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”: “Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS.”

She also listed some comments she wished she could post on student evaluations, including: “I hear the trash company is hiring”; “I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son”; and “Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?”

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

“Parents are more trying to be their kids’ friends and less trying to be their parent,” Munroe said.

Although I think it’s totally inappropriate for Munroe to blog about her students, I completely agree with her assessment of many teenagers today.  While she has a right to her opinion, the comments are inappropriate for a teacher to make.  But hey.  Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones.

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