Treat Twitter with great caution

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

In New South Wales, Australia, Christine Mickle, head of the music and arts department at Orange High School, has won AUS$105 000 in a protracted court case. Mickle took over the post from a Mr Farley, who left the school last year due to ill health. His son took the matter personally and made a series of defamatory tweets about Mickle.

The judge considered the ‘grapevine effect’ of the social platform and ruled that Mickle’s reputation as a competent and popular teacher had been damaged. Meanwhile, in West Sussex in the UK, Lauren Rose lost her teaching job at Ifield Community College in Crawley when she called one student “cowface” and others “feral”. When the messages spread through the school community, the management team deemed Rose had brought the college into disrepute. School head Richard Cowper said: “We take unprofessional use of social media sites very seriously.”

Category: e-Education, Winter 2014

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