Embattled Bucks County Teacher: ‘I Stand By What I Said’
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — People waiting to hear some kind of an apology will have to keep waiting.
The teacher is not backing down. She’s hired a lawyer and is claiming she was just being honest in her blog and the controversy surrounding it amounts to political correctness run wild.
Engulfed in a blogging scandal that could cost her a teaching job, Natalie Munroe is not wavering.
Her controversial blog entry about what she wished she could write on students’ report cards included comments such as:
“Frightfully dim,” “Rat-like,” “Am concerned your kid is going to come in one day and open fire on the school,” “I hate your kid,” and “Seems smarter than she actually is.”
“I stand by what I said, and I don’t regret it because it’s the truth. People need to take a look at what’s happening in this district and any district,” Munroe said.
However, parents and students we spoke with at Central Bucks East High School aren’t buying the English teacher’s explanation.
“Anything like that shouldn’t be on the internet in the first place,” said parent Judy Velcheck.
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“I don’t know why she thinks she didn’t do anything wrong since she used foul language towards students,” said Kevin Magee, a senior at Central Bucks East.
Last week, the 30-year old teacher was suspended with pay after the blog, which she wrote a year ago, was posted on someone’s Facebook page. (see previous story).
Word spread quickly throughout the school generating national media attention.
Her attorney Steven Rovner contends Munroe did nothing wrong and her suspension amounts to censorship.
Munroe points out she didn’t name a specific student or the district she worked for.
She is arguing that she wasn’t referring to all students and that her posts were only meant to reach the handful of friends who followed her blog.
“My intent with the blog was to keep in touch with the friends and to go home at the end of the day and rant like on a diary and be done with it,” Munroe said.
The school district suspended Munroe pending the outcome of the investigation.
Munroe was previously scheduled to go on maternity leave next month.