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2012-12-11 05:10:11 PM

HoratioGates: She shouldn't have had it be about sleeping with former students. If a male teacher wrote about sleeping with his ex-students a lot of the people who aren't upset would be upset. If a male teacher wrote about sleeping with male ex-students? Not as sexy then?

If a garbage truck driver or a postal employee wrote about giving extra-special service to certain customers, no problem. If a teacher wrote porn that stayed out of the pants of any of her past or present students pants, no problem. Teachers work around minors though, and they have to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. It would be like a judge writing a crime novel where the hero was a crooked judge. It might be a good read, but anyone going before that judge would have a legitimate right to be upset.



We need to stop pretending that teachers aren't human beings. They have lives outside of their jobs. You may not agree with their beliefs and practices but its really none of our business unless it breaks the law. I think our reaction as a society about this article reflects a lot more on our fears about teenagers growing up than about this teacher being a risk to her students.
 
2012-12-11 05:12:36 PM

Great Janitor: beakerxf: WhippingBoy: Why do so many ugly people read/write erotica. Don't they realize that it creeps the rest of us out?

Why would anyone check out the author before reading smut? Do you also limit your self to porn produced by guys you find attractive?

When I read erotic stories, I avoid girl/girl stories written by men. I prefer stories written by someone who might have experience on the subject. That is the only reason why I check out an author before reading the story.


Actually, I do agree about that. I'll check out the name before I read girl/girl, as well. I just don't care what the author looks like. All I need is for it to be written so that I can visualize what I need and can suspend my disbelief.
 
2012-12-11 05:19:17 PM
They're gonna be "50 Shades of Compensated" when this gets cleared out by the SCOTUS.
Seems the SCOTUS has already ruled on this issue before.
You cannot fire people for exercising freedom of speech when they aren't at work.
 
2012-12-11 05:23:56 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

i wanna eat this so bad
 
2012-12-11 05:24:29 PM

Clutch2013: you have pee hands: Lsherm: Well, like everything else, context is key. If you're writing a book about a heroic Ephebophiliac who sleeps with underage boys to get back at her ex-husband, it's not illegal, but it's certainly creepy. Especially if you're someone who works with kids. "It's fiction" is a cop out. Imagine you had a co-worker who only wrote fictional stories about breaking into your house and killing you. Perfectly legal, but still farking creepy.

The former students of a high school teacher likely aren't underage.

Yeah, that.

Would this even be a scandal in, say, Europe? Would it even be news?


FOR fark'S SAKE THAT'S WHAT I SAID AT THE TOP OF THE THREAD!

Through the looking glass...
 
2012-12-11 05:30:17 PM

prjindigo: They're gonna be "50 Shades of Compensated" when this gets cleared out by the SCOTUS.
Seems the SCOTUS has already ruled on this issue before.
You cannot fire people for exercising freedom of speech when they aren't at work.


Yep. Should be fun to watch the school system send out a vote for a school levy to pay for the asswhupping she should be able to give them by hiring a competent attorney.
 
2012-12-11 05:33:08 PM
I am amazed that she (supposedly) asked the school's permission before writing the book.

I'm equally amazed that no one has addressed the really important issue in this case:

Is she hot?
 
2012-12-11 05:48:06 PM
So there's nothing wrong with every female teacher reading garbage like this as long as they didn't write it... Now that we have that straightened out.
 
2012-12-11 05:53:09 PM

JonnyG: So there's nothing wrong with every female teacher reading garbage like this as long as they didn't write it... Now that we have that straightened out.


well if you're reading it makes u a food critic
 
2012-12-11 05:54:49 PM

JonnyG: So there's nothing wrong with every female teacher reading garbage like this as long as they didn't write it... Now that we have that straightened out.


Until some twit decides that they don't want their snowflake to be taught by someone with reading material like this, regardless of if they bring it to class or not, and then we end up holding teachers to a higher level of morality while asking "Why don't we have enough teachers?"
 
2012-12-11 06:04:18 PM

Great Janitor: JonnyG: So there's nothing wrong with every female teacher reading garbage like this as long as they didn't write it... Now that we have that straightened out.

Until some twit decides that they don't want their snowflake to be taught by someone with reading material like this, regardless of if they bring it to class or not, and then we end up holding teachers to a higher level of morality while asking "Why don't we have enough teachers?"


We've been told not to go to bars within the district we teach in (which comprises 5 "cities" - combined population of maybe 50-60,000). The theory being if we are spotted leaving a bar in an impaired state by one of our students it would reflect negatively on our character.
 
2012-12-11 06:13:43 PM
"Dear My School District:"

Forget about the book. Those four words are far more damning with respect to her abilities as an english teacher!
 
2012-12-11 06:18:25 PM
She should have set it in a prune packaging factory instead of a school. That's what I would have done.
 
2012-12-11 06:42:01 PM

WhippingBoy: Why do so many ugly people read/write erotica. Don't they realize that it creeps the rest of us out?


It is their only way to succeed in porn. Literature lets you make your own pictures not make you look at the actual people behind it.
 
2012-12-11 06:44:47 PM
I don't understand parents these days. I can't even imagine coming to my parents to tell them a teacher wrote a dirty novel. They'd have told me to mind my own business and do my homework and that would have been the end of it
 
2012-12-11 06:53:29 PM
I'm ok with this. It'll all work out in the end.
 
2012-12-11 06:53:44 PM

HoratioGates: She shouldn't have had it be about sleeping with former students. If a male teacher wrote about sleeping with his ex-students a lot of the people who aren't upset would be upset. If a male teacher wrote about sleeping with male ex-students? Not as sexy then?

If a garbage truck driver or a postal employee wrote about giving extra-special service to certain customers, no problem. If a teacher wrote porn that stayed out of the pants of any of her past or present students pants, no problem. Teachers work around minors though, and they have to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. It would be like a judge writing a crime novel where the hero was a crooked judge. It might be a good read, but anyone going before that judge would have a legitimate right to be upset.


LOTN: ...


i.imgur.com

Sorry modmins. Didn't even think about the image.

Horatio, I told you to fark off for being a douchebag prick, in case you missed it.
 
2012-12-11 06:55:50 PM

NashMcNash: My wife is both a high school English teacher and a writer. It's really scary to think that something she writes during her down-time could get her fired from her job. Granted, she's writing fiction stories based on Greek mythology and not erotic novels. Safe, I suppose.


You mean she is writing a book that has a bunch of made up gods instead of the baby Jesus?
 
2012-12-11 06:58:52 PM
"Professor, her kind of woman doesn't belong on any committee. Of course, I shouldn't tell you this but she advocates writes dirty books."

www.tk421.net

/Chaucer!
//Rabelais!
///Balzac!
 
2012-12-11 07:16:28 PM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-11 07:17:39 PM
Let me guess, Canton is in "red" Ohio?
 
2012-12-11 07:18:09 PM
Whether we like it or not, teachers are considered role models, so the best policy is to keep their proclivities discreet. It's why most americans are ok with havin a gay male hairdresser, but not with havin a gay male teach their kids.

Anyone remember that trashy chick pumkin from the vh1 show "flava of love"? They had a follow up show called "for the love of money", that was being shown on tv whilst pumkin was teaching at a high school that my cousin also teaches at. She was boozin, fightin and bangin dudes while her students watched. Went on for weeks before admin cought on n dumped her. But she didn't have tenure.
 
2012-12-11 07:26:55 PM

o'really: Whether we like it or not, teachers are considered role models, so the best policy is to keep their proclivities discreet. It's why most americans are ok with havin a gay male hairdresser, but not with havin a gay male teach their kids.


Well, we already know that a large percentage of Americans barely quality as idiots.
 
2012-12-11 07:31:06 PM
Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!
 
2012-12-11 07:35:11 PM

o'really: Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!


I thought that teachers were all gettin' rich from their high pay. She probably already has a mansion and a Ferrari.
 
2012-12-11 07:40:28 PM
"You like it like that, baby? You like it like that?"

"Oh yeah....oh yeah. Like that. Just-like-that."

"Yeah? Oh yeah?"

"Yeah! Oh yeah! yeah yeah yeah!"

t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-12-11 07:40:29 PM

vrax: o'really: Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!

I thought that teachers were all gettin' rich from their high pay. She probably already has a mansion and a Ferrari.


Well, she seems to have a lawyer; that ain't cheap.

She was suspended with pay for 3 weeks during investigation. She got 5 days unpaid as punishment for the acceptable-use violation.
 
2012-12-11 07:49:49 PM

BarkingUnicorn: vrax: o'really: Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!

I thought that teachers were all gettin' rich from their high pay. She probably already has a mansion and a Ferrari.

Well, she seems to have a lawyer; that ain't cheap.

She was suspended with pay for 3 weeks during investigation. She got 5 days unpaid as punishment for the acceptable-use violation.


She could have some sort of prepaid legal service. I've looked into getting it, one I found only cost $25/month.

Or her husband could have a job paying well enough to be able to afford one.
 
2012-12-11 08:05:10 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: Lsherm: The book is about a school teacher (naturally) that gets even with her cheating husband by having affairs with two former students.

As long as they are former students...

Yeah, it's not like it's Beezus and Ramona slashfic or something.

ashinmytomatoes: "Professor, her kind of woman doesn't belong on any committee. Of course, I shouldn't tell you this but she advocates writes dirty books."

[www.tk421.net image 624x283]

/Chaucer!
//Rabelais!
///Balzac!


Ya got TROUBLE!
 
2012-12-11 08:10:31 PM
I just purchased it. Why not? I haven't bothered with the 50 Shades of Gray thing, too expensive and if they're as poorly written as the first 3 Twilight books, I'd rather save my money and I don't indulge in this genre but maybe once every couple of years or so. But hey, 2.99? Even if the book sucks (insert snarky pun here at your leisure) I'm still going to support this lady's right to free speech. Hope it helps her to hire a truly kick arse attorney and win her right to free speech off of school hours and property.
 
2012-12-11 08:14:19 PM

Great Janitor: BarkingUnicorn: vrax: o'really: Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!

I thought that teachers were all gettin' rich from their high pay. She probably already has a mansion and a Ferrari.

Well, she seems to have a lawyer; that ain't cheap.

She was suspended with pay for 3 weeks during investigation. She got 5 days unpaid as punishment for the acceptable-use violation.

She could have some sort of prepaid legal service. I've looked into getting it, one I found only cost $25/month.

Or her husband could have a job paying well enough to be able to afford one.


Don't forget the lavish royalties from her $2.99 Kindle book. :-)
 
2012-12-11 08:16:09 PM
Not sure if this was covered, but right now I lived in the school district. It isn't as subby put with the screwed, most don't count. At worst, they are along the lines of "HAHAHA, this is funny....and hot". The people who are upset about it are more taking the stance of "She would deal with this in another life" but aren't pushing too hard to kick her out because it's not against the rules.
 
2012-12-11 08:18:51 PM

vrax: Let me guess, Canton is in "red" Ohio?


Historically, Stark County is a great predictor of the overall election. This year it went blue by like 800 votes total
 
2012-12-11 08:38:38 PM
Need to sneak that book on the schools summer reading list.
 
2012-12-11 08:54:28 PM

Great Janitor: He'll, I killed a few thousand kittens thinking of my twenty-something 11th grade English teacher.


Me too man, me too. I even TA'd for her in 12th. Alas, for me TA ≠ T&A.
 
2012-12-11 09:28:15 PM
Beaver1224
So, why is it so hard to find good teachers?

If the individual in question is incapable of understanding and abiding by the AUP how are they capable of teaching?


FTA:
She was officially punished for using her school computer for "social networking of a personal nature."

Don't violate your job's network policy then expect me to cry you a farking river. Write and post your book (regardless of topic) on your own g.d. time from your own g.d. pc/network.
 
2012-12-11 10:18:37 PM

Great Janitor: BarkingUnicorn: vrax: o'really: Since teachers are salary, does this mean she was suspended with pay? If so, free vacation!

I thought that teachers were all gettin' rich from their high pay. She probably already has a mansion and a Ferrari.

Well, she seems to have a lawyer; that ain't cheap.

She was suspended with pay for 3 weeks during investigation. She got 5 days unpaid as punishment for the acceptable-use violation.

She could have some sort of prepaid legal service. I've looked into getting it, one I found only cost $25/month.

Or her husband could have a job paying well enough to be able to afford one.


Or her lawyer is taking it on pro bono, or on a contingency. If there's good evidence that the discipline was in retaliation for the publication and the acceptable use policy thing looks bogus, her local ACLU would take it because the employer is a public school.

If she did tell the school first and then went ahead after they said no, and dared them to find her by identifying herself as a teacher in the preface, maybe she intended all along to milk the conflict for publicity for the book. This could be considered shrewd marketing but would not help the lawsuit.
 
2012-12-11 10:37:05 PM
I'm going to take a guess that had it not been a erotic novel, the school would have looked the other way on the social networking issue and raved about how awesome it was that they had an english teacher who published a novel.
 
2012-12-11 10:46:14 PM

specialkae: I just purchased it. Why not? I haven't bothered with the 50 Shades of Gray thing, too expensive and if they're as poorly written as the first 3 Twilight books, I'd rather save my money and I don't indulge in this genre but maybe once every couple of years or so. But hey, 2.99? Even if the book sucks (insert snarky pun here at your leisure) I'm still going to support this lady's right to free speech. Hope it helps her to hire a truly kick arse attorney and win her right to free speech off of school hours and property.


This is all you need to know about 50 Shades of Gray

50 Shades of Gray Review
50 Shades Darker Review
50 Shades Freed Review
and...
50 Shades of Bad Writing (A review of the trilogy as a whole)

/Reviews complete with animated gifs and word/phrase counts like: "Oh My" - 178
//The Frank-N-Furter gif near the bottom of the first review is just priceless.
 
2012-12-11 10:52:08 PM

Fizpez: Great Janitor: JonnyG: So there's nothing wrong with every female teacher reading garbage like this as long as they didn't write it... Now that we have that straightened out.

Until some twit decides that they don't want their snowflake to be taught by someone with reading material like this, regardless of if they bring it to class or not, and then we end up holding teachers to a higher level of morality while asking "Why don't we have enough teachers?"

We've been told not to go to bars within the district we teach in (which comprises 5 "cities" - combined population of maybe 50-60,000). The theory being if we are spotted leaving a bar in an impaired state by one of our students it would reflect negatively on our character.


So, instead of hitting the local speakeasy, and risk being seen by junior in a state fit for his pa, you have to drive miles out and risk a dwi that would ACTUALLY hamper your ability to teach, not having a way to get to work, and all?
 
2012-12-11 11:01:59 PM

Gawdzila: Great Janitor: He'll, I killed a few thousand kittens thinking of my twenty-something 11th grade English teacher.

Me too man, me too. I even TA'd for her in 12th. Alas, for me TA ≠ T&A.


it was my math teacher for me, natural redhead, catholic school. same results as above.
 
2012-12-11 11:25:16 PM
FTA: November 3, 2011

What's with all the subby fail these days?
 
2012-12-11 11:27:09 PM
Heh. NVM. No more drinking for me tonight.
 
2012-12-11 11:35:12 PM
Said the outed teacher: "THANKS FOR THE PUBLICITY, MORONIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS!!!1!"
 
2012-12-11 11:55:15 PM
I just came here to say I'm apparently in the wrong genre.
 
2012-12-12 01:17:05 AM
This is okay. It's teaching the students that the right of free speech in this country is not all it's cracked up to be. If we're lucky, this will kill the hopes and dreams of some of the students who want to become writers themselves. We don't need more writers anyway. They have a tendency to be free thinkers, and we all know that free thinkers cause all kinds of trouble.
 
2012-12-12 01:57:36 AM

vrax: Let me guess, Canton is in "red" Ohio?




ehh, they're not terribly red. I mean, not as bad as some of the bumblefark towns further south. Canton is about 20-30 minutes south of Akron, where I grew up. Also, there's an airport there.

More importantly. I friggin know where this high school is! I did a really horrible community theatre production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" via the North Canton Playhouse back in '03....which at the time used the auditorium/theatre space of Hoover High School. I feel so unclean! lol
 
2012-12-12 04:58:19 AM
Sounds to me like she outed herself. No sympathy.
 
2012-12-12 09:02:27 AM

IamAwake: No one is suggesting she be sent to prison - first ammendment doesn't so much apply.


Unless the institution is receiving public funding.
 
2012-12-12 10:32:32 AM
I say DOWN WITH THE PURITAN MORAL ESTABLISHMENT.

FREEDOM!
 
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