Education student sues over MySpace page

Stacy Snyder was weeks away from getting her teaching degree when she said her career was derailed by an activity common among many young teachers, reports ABC News: posting personal photos on a MySpace page. Snyder, then 27, claims in a federal lawsuit that Millersville University refused to give her a teaching credential after school administrators learned of a photo on her MySpace page labeled "drunken pirate." She said school officials accused her of promoting underage drinking after seeing the photo, which showed Snyder wearing a pirate hat and drinking out of a yellow cup. "I don’t think it’s fair," Snyder’s father said. "She could have been a great teacher." So Snyder sued, claiming that Millersville violated her First Amendment rights. The university says it would have refused to give Snyder a teaching degree even without the web page, alleging unsatisfactory performance and unprofessional behavior. But for a generation that came of age comfortable with the freewheeling, tell-all online culture, Snyder’s case presents a cautionary tale that raises questions about the standards to which teachers–and other young people in positions of responsibility–should be held…

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