It seems that Facebook is becoming the new place for teachers to get pervy on their students, and the New York City Department of Education isn’t going to stand for it.
According to The New York Post, a recent investigation by the DoE led to the dismissal of two full-time teachers and one substitute for inappropriate contact with students.
Chadwin Reynolds (picture removed at request of the photographer, please visit the newspaper article to see it.), a 37-year-old teacher from Fordham High School for the Arts, was dismissed when the investigation found he had friended a half-dozen female students on Facebook. He left comments such as “this is sexy” under their photos, and had status messages such as ”I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look inside,” that the students could see. He also reportedly sent one girl flowers, candy and a teddy bear. Mr. Reynolds told the newspaper that the charges against him had been thrown out despite a department spokesperson saying he had been released over the scandal.
The second full-time dismissal was 30-year-old Laurie Hirsch, who was formerly a paraprofessional at William C. Bryant High School in Long Island City, Queens. She was let go in May of this year when she posted an image of her kissing an 18-year-old former student. The male in the equation admitted to a relationship saying he had had sex with her ten times in her apartment, but both said that nothing had happened while he was still a student. She was ultimately put on indefinite suspension for using a cellphone to frequently during school hours as the two had racked up 2,700 phone contacts over a six month period.
The substitute teacher that was let go, Stephen D’Andrilli, friended several female students at the Essex Street Academy, leaving the comments such as that they were beautiful and that their boyfriends didn’t deserve girlfriends as pretty as them. He was permanently removed from the substitute teacher system.
A fourth teacher was discovered to be giving extra credit to students who friended him on the site, but no action was taken against him.
Some school districts have been outright banning teachers from friending students on the popular social networking site, but New York City has yet to enact any sort of policy in relation to it. A DoE spokeswoman told the newspaper, ”we continually look at ways that our policies may need to evolve to keep pace with technology,” so it seems safe to assume that off the back of this scandal something will be happening.
Luckily it appears that none of these situations went to the physical level with the exception of Ms. Hirsch, and that one appears to have been legal. Does make you wonder where else this may be happening, however.
Be sure to check out the other teacher sex scandals happening around the country.