CB East teacher defends blog posts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Pennsylvania teacher suspended from her job over profanity-laced posts on her blog says she was speaking the truth about students who are unwilling to work hard at school.

30-year-old English teacher Natalie Munroe makes no apologies for some of the comments she's made on her blog about students, coworkers and the administration at Central Bucks High School East.

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"I'm not sorry that the truth is out there. The kids don't want to hear negative things about themselves," Munroe said.

Controversy erupted last week when students found and reposted Munroe's blog where she didn't name names, but referred to some kids as "rude, lazy, disengaged whiners." She also wrote she wished on the comment section of report cards there was a way to describe a student as a "grade-grubber with an unrealistically high perception of own ability."

Munroe says instead of being angry, some students and parents should look in the mirror.

"[They say] 'it couldn't be in this area, not these kids, not my kid.' Some people who think they have wonderful kids have kids who come to school and bully other people or are very rude and disrespectful," Munroe said.

Munroe, who's 8-and-a-half months pregnant, was suspended last Wednesday with pay. What will happen next is unclear, but the school district has said she could be dismissed.

Munroe's attorney Steve Rovner says she can't be fired because she didn't do anything wrong.

"They don't have a blogging policy. She didn't do anything that was immoral or unethical," Rovner said.

"Just because I'm a teacher doesn't mean that I'm not a human being and it doesn't mean I check my rights at the door," Munroe said.

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