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Teacher gets warning for orangutan comment about student on Facebook

Parents are infuriated over a Florida school district’s decision to issue only a verbal warning to a teacher who described a student as the “evolutionary link between orangutans and humans” on Facebook, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Music teacher Lauren Orban at Rogers Garden Elementary School in Bradenton, about 45 miles south of Tampa, made the comment in a Facebook conversation that included two other teachers from the school in May. She identified the 8-year-old boy by his initials. The principal was alerted and, after reviewing Orban’s record and discussing the matter with other school leaders, issued a verbal reprimand to all three teachers, district spokeswoman Margi Nanney said. They were also given a copy of the district’s rules of ethics. On Tuesday, the child’s mother and her attorneys criticized the Manatee County School District for not taking tougher action. They said the district’s response is a “mere slap on the wrist.”

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