Is what you do and what you post a first amendment right? Maybe not if one follows the trends...
Too much free speech?
A teacher’s aide at an elementary school was fired last year for refusing to give her Facebook login credentials to her supervisors, ZDNet reported on Sunday. In April 2011, Kimberly Hester signed on to Facebook while she was not at work and jokingly posted a picture of a co-worker’s pants around her ankles, with the caption “Thinking of you.” A parent and Facebook friend saw Hester’s photo and complained to the school. A few days later, the superintendent reportedly requested three times that she hand over her user name and password. Hester refused each time, and was put on paid administrative leave and eventually suspended as a result. She is now at the center of a legal battle with the school district, with arbitration scheduled for May.More, after.
The Wired article
A parent and Facebook friend of Hester’s saw the photo and complained to the school. A few days later, Lewis Cass ISD superintendent Robert Colby asked her three times for access to her Facebook account. Hester refused each of the district superintendent’s requests.Well, someone is awake..
Soon after, Colby wrote Hester a letter, a part of which said the following, according to WSBT: “…in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly.” Hester says he put her on paid administrative leave and eventually suspended her
Michigan State Representatives Matt Lori and Aric Nesbitt have contacted Hester to let her know they are including her story in House Bill 5523, which aims to make it illegal for employers to ask employees and prospective employees for their Facebook password. Michigan is one of several states currently pushing for legislation that would make such practice illegal.They're both Repubs? What am I missing here? MI Dems, anyone?
Okay, based on reports, seems an embarrassing picture at the very least, no mention of where it came from. Facebook friends can't do this type of thing? An apology and delete won't do? There are screw ups and then there is 1984...
"They" are coming for us. But who is they? Please don't respond just the Repubs..what about Leahy and our "favorite" Lieberman. There is something insidious going on, don't y'a think?
And how do we stop them?