Teacher Fired For Ripping Students, Blames Facebook

Posts 'Kids ... Are All Germ Bags,' And Then The Roof Caves In

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A teacher flunked Facebook 101 and now she’s lost her job.

She wrote comments on the popular social networking site that she thought would only be seen by her friends. But, as CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reports, boy was she wrong.

“It was a joke,” Dr. June Talvitie-Siple told CBS 2’s “Early Show” on Friday.

What she wrote on her Facebook page she thought only her friends would see:

“The town is so arrogant and snobby.”

“I’m so not looking forward to another year at Cohasset schools.”

“Now I remember why I stopped teaching. Kids … they are all germ bags.”

Those comments cost Talvitie-Siple her school administrator job that pays around $92,000 a year. She was asked to resign and she did.

“It wasn’t like I was slam-basting anyone. It’s just that I was frustrated,” Dr. Talvitie-Siple said.

She flew from her Massachusetts home to New York to appear on Friday’s CBS “Early Show” and explained that her Facebook privacy settings were automatically re-set during an upgrade, and she had no idea.

“They default things to being open and you have to opt out,” Talvitie-Siple said.

Her former boss said the best way for employees to protect themselves is to always assume Facebook is NOT private, no matter what the settings say.

“Anything you put on social networking sites could be made public,” Cohasset assistant superintendent Dr. Alfred Slanetz said.

“You have to be very diligent — far more than I am,” Talvitie-Siple added.

She said her comments were taken out of context and she said people in the well-heeled little town of Cohasset now think she’s a trash talker.

“Well, not everybody is arrogant and snobby,” she said.

Talvitie-Siple said she has learned her lesson and now, even though she has more time on her hands, she won’t be spending that time on Facebook.

This is not the first incident of postings on Facebook costing people in the workplace. Back in August of 2009, three Harrison, N.Y., police officers were suspended without pay for posting alleged racist and sexist comments on their Facebook pages.

One detective reportedly made watermelon and fried chicken jokes about President Barack Obama on the social networking site. The detective and others reportedly ridiculed Mayor Joan Walsh with sexual comments.

  • crystal

    I’m sure she could have said alot worse. She’s just venting, as everyone does. Yes it was neglectful on her part, but come on she only said the kids are germ bags, which hello, they are, chicken pox, strep throat, lice, along with a whole host of other things. People need to stop being so overly sensitive. She didn’t single out on kid and talk about them, it was about all kids not just her students.

  • satineye

    I can’t believe people feel it’s alright to share personal information on an online social network. If you want to talk to your friends about soemthing online that is personal, go to your pernal emails or IM accounts!

  • Kathy

    Facebook exists to sell your “profile” and comments to other companies and interests. I tried to opt out and they said my account would be closed down intwo weeks. Suffice to say, four months later when I checked, my account was still open in cyberspace!

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  • Allison

    so mean!!!

  • DanTe

    Once again: PROOF that only twits use tweeter and facebook.

    Exactly WHY would anyone post their personal stuff on some stranger’s server out in the public?


    • Andrew

      Whereas you are a gentleman.

  • Amy

    …I got into a ‘down & dirty’ political debate on facebook and it cost me a meeting with Producers of a television network. Learned my lesson. Didn’t know they’d be watching…

  • TT

    This just speaks to common sense. It’s no different then venting in the grocery store – you just don’t do it! Everyone in every job gets frustrated at some point with some aspect of their job, and yes, things are said, but…..not in public! That isn’t taking away freedom of speech! It’s called, using common sense.

  • Daisy

    I agree.. What is this world coming to!! What that woman wrote on her “FACEBOOK” is just that “HER DAMN FACEBOOK”… As long as she’s not putting her life or anyone else’s in danger then “MIND YOUR FREAKING BUSINESS”

    • Andrew

      It is an employer’s business whether or not to employ their employees.

  • Daisy

    ARE U FREAKING SERIOUS!!!! I agree with FR, what is this world coming to. What that woman wrote on her “FACEBOOK” is just that “HER DAMN FACEBOOK”. As long as she’s not putting her life or anyone else’s in dager, MIND YOUR DAMN BUSINESS!!

  • fr

    Whats the problem here. Losing a job over “facebook” are you kidding me. The lady chatting and b.s’ing with people, so what! I would say the same things she did …we are human and they are germ carriers all kids are (even my own). We are becoming a very weird society were we have freedom to say what we want but we shouldn’t. Great!! Beautiful!!! Go freedom…shhhh.

  • ken

    Im not sure why people would want to be on facebook or twitter in the first place. What is the reasoning of chatting on line with people you have never met?

    • John Smith

      you are doing it right now…. because you want people to hear you.

      • Andrew

        That exchange made my day.

  • alex

    I got fired from a job because I said I did not like my boss, and another worker ratted me out. The person who ratted me out sent the message to the boss. She told me I was fired.

  • Bill

    No way …. we need to know how to behave on the new virtual world!

  • dilip

    Nothing on internet is private not only on facebook.

    • Andrew

      Encrypted data is private.


    Even Forrest Gump knows that stupid is as stupid does.

    • Andrew


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