I am the Donna Blaine referred to in the woefully erroneous Post article involving teachers posting on Facebook. I was horrified by what I saw, and this is why:
- the photos featured were taken on Aruba, NOT during my Puerto Rico trip. I did NOT post photos from that weekend, nor did I "regale" anyone.
- I was investigated by OSI intensively for ONE SINGLE (admittedly stupid) comment posted on the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break, which I foolishly took as a sick day. My comment was "Up, up, and away!"
- the investigation into that "theft of services" issue came on the very day I returned to work following a liver biopsy that revealed that my breast cancer had returned as stage 4
- the Aruba trip depicted in the article was originally intended as a 30th anniversary celebration but became a bonding opportunity as my husband and I tried to deal with my health issue.
- I have been a NYC teacher for 10 years, and this is my second bout with BC. I have NEVER taken a medical leave or exceeded my allotted sick days.
- I drive nearly 100 miles round trip to work, despite weekly chemotherapy appointments .
As you can see, I carry a great deal of anger that I was so unjustly mischaracterized. I believe I should be an example of what is right about the dedication of teachers; instead, I am now the poster girl for everything negative in the educational atmosphere.
NYC Department of Education Attorney Joseph Baranello Uses Facebook To Comment About The "Douchebags" On The L Train
And thus it is with the Facebook teacher, who even Stanzione admitted was not only a good teacher but one that students gravitated to, as did other teachers. In fact she was Coordinator of Student Activities (COSA) and was chosen to represent the school at recruiting fairs with the approval of Stanzione --- an unpaid volunteer position. She was so popular with students, I imagine she had grown so comfortable with them that she said a few things on Facebook that look bad when in isolation, but as pointed out by union lawyer Callegy, nothing that isn't said all the time in teacher rooms, which Stanzione readily acknowledged."
|Me and NYSUT Attorney Chris Callagy|
The Principal was given Christine's Facebook comments in June 2010, but only removed her in November because "legal" told her to remove her. Lisa Esposito, Christine's Principal, also testified that she thought Christine was a terrific teacher, and she did not want termination as a penalty, but "legal" told her she had to go for termination, she had no choice.