“There’s no other way to say this, I hate your kid.”
~ Natalie Munroe
A Doylestown, PA high school teacher isn’t backing down from blog posts venting frustrations with students at Central Bucks East High School.
The high school English honors teacher said the posts were meant to stay private between friends and family.
After a student posted a link to Munroe’s personal blog on Facebook, parents, students and administrators became outraged.
Now, Munroe’s postings online have put her job at Central Bucks on the line. She was temporarily suspended from her job and district officials say she may be dismissed.
Natalie Munroe’s posts are “very egregious,” said Central Bucks Superintendent Robert Laws. He said the blog “certainly could result in termination.”
Attorney Steve Rovner says the school has no basis for firing her.
Many are wondering what led the veteran educator to ignore her own warnings to students to be careful what they post online.
Posts by Natalie Munroe that particularly upset Central Bucks students and parents included:
- “I hear the trash company is hiring.”
- “I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son.”
- “Rude, beligerent [sic], argumentative f**k.”
- “Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?”
- “Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it’s time to leave!”
- “Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they’re related?”
- “Shy isn’t cute in 11th grade; it’s annoying. Must learn to advocate for himself instead of having Mommy do it.”
- “Too smart for her own good and refuses to play the school ‘game’ such that she’ll never live up to her true potential here.”
- “Am concerned that your kid is going to come in one day and open fire on the school. (Wish I was kidding.)”
While local officials sort out if Natalie Munroe’s right to free speech protects her blog posts, her “Bloggate” story is making national headlines.
On Saturday, Natalie Munroe posted, “Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket,” describing what happened when she arrived at school Wednesday.
“Within the hour, I was in a meeting with the principal who had a pile of my blogs printed out and sitting before him. Within the next 15 minutes, I was gathering my bags from my office and being escorted from the building,” she wrote.