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the contrary, Facebook is not Private by any stretch of the imagination, it is
does not have to be about someone or about an organisation but if the average
man in the street thought that it could possibly be about (in your case) the
school, then the comments are probably defamatory and you could be subject
to a disciplinary. The school doesn't have to be named.
burden of compliance because of the job you do which appears to be a teacher, is
high and therefore a higher standard of conduct would be expected from you than
from anybody simply working in a factory for example.
sorry to disappoint you but I do think that they have grounds to discipline you
are quite correct in that they cannot tell you what you can and what you cannot
post on your Facebook page or anywhere else for that matter but they are able
to discipline you over it.
also disagree with you that there is a problem with anybody printing it off and
showing it. Clearly, the school has a problem with it because the fact remains
that you did it so the fact that someone printed it off and brought it to the
school's attention should be no problem whatsoever if you are actually proud to
stand behind what you say. That appears not to be the case.
remember that I don't know who you are or know what the school is and I can only
base my answer based upon the facts that you give. I have no vested interest in
saying that you are blameless in this or totally at fault because it makes no
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would be irresponsible of me to tell you that you have a genuine grievance here
and you should file it because I do not think that you have got a genuine
I think you are faced with taking any reprimand on the chin and confirm
that you will not do this again.
I am happy to
follow up any individual point you make
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