School administrator resigns over Facebook posting

A Massachusetts school administrator has resigned after she called residents of the town where she worked “snobby” and “arrogant” in a Facebook posting, reports the Boston Globe. When the Cohasset School Committee discovered this week that an administrator had posted Facebook comments disparaging residents of the South Shore town, the reaction was swift. Unhappy parents eMailed the committee, alerting members to the postings by June TalvitieSiple, said Alfred Slanetz, vice chairman of the committee. Talvitie-Siple was asked to resign within 24 hours, and she stepped down Aug. 17. “The unfortunate thing is that it’s a lesson that we try to teach our kids about use of the internet,” Slanetz said. “It almost doesn’t matter if it’s on the web or in a newspaper these days. … It’s all out there.” Talvitie-Siple was the supervisor for engineering, math, science, and technology at Cohasset High School. Her Facebook profile was no longer publicly available, but newspaper accounts say Talvitie-Siple wrote she was “so not looking forward to another year at Cohasset Schools,” calling residents “so arrogant and snobby.” In an interview, Talvitie-Siple said she’s worried her actions have ruined her career and said she takes full responsibility. She said she posted the comments following tension in the school district that she would not detail, and she thought her Facebook profile was set to allow only friends she has approved to view her page. “You would assume if you have to confirm people as a friend, [other people] can’t see,” she said. “I have a lot of background with technology, and yet I still get caught with my pants down.”

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