Wednesday, February 16, 2011


In ancient times, they used to kill the messenger of bad news, hoping that the bad news would go away. Looks like they’re still doing it.

While this may not have been the brightest thing this soon-to-be ex-teacher ever did, you’ve got to admire how she told parents in easily understand words that their little darlings were assholes.


Mail Online
February 15, 2011

A teacher who was suspended for calling her pupils 'rat-like' and 'lazy whiners' in a blog has hit back at school officials and the entire school system, saying parents and school governors 'don't want to hear the truth.'

Natalie Munroe, 30, was suspended from Central Bucks High School East in Philadelphia last week after comments on her blog listed several blunt alternative descriptions for student's term report cards.

In a reply to the controversy, Mrs Monroe said how, 'the fact remains that every year... students are coming in less willing to work, to think, to cooperate.'

Writing on Saturday, Mrs Monroe said: 'The truth hurts sometimes. Maybe instead of getting pissed off at the person pointing out the behavior, people need to examine their behavior and make a change.

'The fact remains that every year, more and more, students are coming in less willing to work, to think, to cooperate. These are the students I was complaining about in my blog.'

The controversial stance has gained support from some of the more than 10,000 new visitors who have read her blog since the posts went public.

Before last week she had only 7 regular visitors to her site.

One poster wrote: 'Its unfortunate that politics play into our education system. Some students are just horrible! Its not your job to raise them, but only to teach them, yet some parents would think otherwise.'

Mrs Munroe, a mother who is expecting her second child, started teaching in 2006.

She has a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in education.

Writing about the shock of discovering parents and teachers had read her comments she said: 'While I never in a million years would have guessed that this many people would ever see my words, and I didn't even intend them to, I stand by what I wrote and I think it's good that people are aware now.'

The blog posts listing the offensive alternate report card suggestions has been taken down.
In it Munroe posted a list of some of the things she would 'like to see added to the canned comment list' for report cards 'as an accurate reflection of what we really want to say to these parents'.

These included:

__'A complete and utter jerk in all ways. Although academically ok, your child has no other redeeming qualities'


__'Two words come to mind: brown AND nose'

__'Gimme an A. I. R. H. E. A. D. What's that spell? Your kid!'

__'Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it's time to leave!'


__'Lazy asshole'

In other posts Munroe wrote: 'My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners.'

'They curse, discuss drugs, talk back, argue for grades, complain about everything, fancy themselves entitled to whatever they desire and are just generally annoying.'

Mrs Monroe was suspended with pay after staff were made aware of the blog by distressed parents and students.

'Once the situation was brought to our attention, we immediately reacted,' said Principal Abram Lucabaugh.

Munroe was escorted from the building and a substitute teacher brought in.

District superintendent Robert Laws said Munroe's posts were 'very egregious' and 'certainly could result in termination.'

Speaking to website PhillyBurbs, Mrs Monroe's lawyer Steve Rovner, said the school district has 'no basis for firing her'.

'The school district has its power and authority and protections through the law. They're not just a private employer. They can't hire and fire anyone at will,' he said.

'They do not have an Internet policy. They specifically do not have a no-blogging policy. She did not do anything wrong that would give them cause to fire her.'

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