Substitute Quits Rather Than Delete Students As Facebook Friends

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Carol Thebarge

(Charlestown, N.H.) A substitute teacher quit her job rather than delete  thousands of students from her Facebook page.

Carol Thebarge, 79, has been working as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for the past 35 years, accepting assignments at 32 different schools.

Today will be my last day at Stevens High,” Thebarge said, in a Facebook announcement. “I was given an ultimatum; to either delete every student from my Facebook page and do not post pictures of them, or be terminated.”

The Union Leader newspaper reports Thebarge said school officials gave her the ultimatum after a math teacher was charged with sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in his classroom.

Like many school districts, the Claremont School Board policy bans teachers from being “friends” with students on social networking sites such as Facebook.

School Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said, “In truth, being a caring, lovely woman doesn’t give you immunity to ignore a school board policy that’s designed to protect everyone.”

Thebarge said she started deleting students, but stopped after about 50 when she had students start asking her what they did wrong.

Thebarge said some students have seen her Facebook page as a place where they can send private messages about being bullied or feeling depressed.

Thebarge said she has had a wonderful career and did not want things to end this way.


    • peggy rea

      Brenda..this is her daughter….what they failed to mention…in the that they allowed her to stay on BF for 3 yrs…after trying to get her off the first time 3 yrs ago…they allowed her to stay on and turned the other cheek…One student was in trouble, and the faculty
      knew my mother had this kid on her facebook, so they asked her to open up facebook, and give them pvt info on this kid to use against him…when my mom said , no…they turned and said shut your facebook down….you cant have it both ways……..and use this to gain…

  • Chris Williams

    In the politically correct society of 2014, this is becoming the norm… STUPID but expected..

  • marie mcclaine

    Man how sad!!! This old world needs more teachers like her and i completely agree she looks extremely good for 79!!! good genes!:) until i read her age i had her about my age. 60

    • peggy rea

      Marie…shes an amazing woman…she is a JP, she ran the olympic torch for NH for the Salt lake city winter …she signs warrants for the town she lives in for the local police station…shes 80 in July…what they need to worry about is the guns coming through the schols all over the nation…the herion epidemic…..i am amazed at this…they bully an 80 yr old woman who has dedicated her life to teach, and keep kids safe…

      Ever see Mr. Holland’s Opus? She is the female version….this is disgusting how they didnt honor all her 35 years of service…not one complaint in 35 years…..

      • marie mcclaine

        Get real ty…thats exactly who.her pic reminded me. debbie reynolds. no peggy i never saw mr hollands opus. but not mentioningall her 35 yrs of serv is deplorable. WHAT A LADY!!! One of those kinds of teachers of yesteryear…yes the heroin epidemic is really getting out of control. my youngest son goes to a methadone clinic here in memphis. idk why but it sl stuns me when i know someone is walking in all messed up on heroin. why oh why?!!!!

  • Rachel Alvarez

    How disappointing is it when the judicial system and school policy can find time to enforce out-dated laws. Facebook and “social Media” are a great way to connect with students, for homework assignments and reminders. Not to mention you have a seasoned teacher and you’re willing to risk throwing that a way? We used to respect our elders and look to them for council and advice. The problem is public schools will always be behind the times and sadly many students suffer from a lack of creative thinking. Way to miss the mark.

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