New Jersey teacher could be fired for comments on Facebook

Jennifer O’Brien, a first-grade teacher in Paterson New Jersey who described her students as “future criminals” on Facebook could be fired following parent’s complaints.

Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass ruled that the Paterson teacher, Jennifer O’Brien, “demonstrated a complete lack of sensitivity to the world in which her students live” and recommended that she lose her tenured position.

O’Brien, a teacher in Paterson since 1998, has been on administrative leave since March when she wrote on Facebook: “I’m not a teacher - I’m a warden for future criminals!” The post was originally intended for 333 of her facebook friends, but went viral and soon caught the attention of administrators and parents.

She testified that she wrote the comment after one of her first graders hit her and others stole money from her.

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