Judge: Facebook Post Should Cost Job of NJ Teacher

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Newark, NJ (AP) - A New Jersey administrative law judge has ruled that a first-grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook earlier this year should lose her tenured job.

The state education commissioner now has 45 days to accept, reject or modify the decision regarding Jennifer O'Brien.

The Paterson teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. But it was forwarded and several parents saw it.

O'Brien's lawyer, Nancy Oxfeld, tells The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/v8ERLR ) that her client will appeal the ruling, which was made public Tuesday. O'Brien had testified that she wrote the post in exasperation because several students kept disrupting her lessons and one boy had recently hit her.

But the judge called O'Brien's conduct "inexcusable."

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Speak the truth .. and look what happens. Sy something stupid like .. " Our kids should do whatever they want , rob , steal , and pillage." Everyone says " Aww you understand our little ones." Gimme a break. Thats why Jails are overcrowded these days. There is NO Discipline in Schools or Homes anymore. Back in my day , if I cursed my Parents , I got my behind spanked and grounded. Now if "Little Johnny" throws a telephone at a Teacher , hes given a cookie and told , "its ok you just have a misunderstood life." Wake up .
  • by dms Location: Tallahassee on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Geez, can you not say anything without people crying over nothing. My daughter is a teacher, she has felt the same way. Wake up parents, decipline your children. There are alot in first grade you can't tell they will be thugs, that to the parents. Wake up people. What a sensitive group off people.
  • by dan Location: Ga on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    It is the judges who make children grow up fatherless so they will grow up to be criminals.
  • by NO FREE SPEECH FOR TEACHERS Location: U.S.A on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    I have heard teachers say very similar things with their own mouth...none of them ever lost their jobs. People get a grip on social networking. Yes, it wasn't a very nice thing to say, but it wasn't something she should loose her job over. If a parent was offended, let her child move classes.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    If you want to keep your job, lie and tell everyone things couldn't be better....
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