Florida Teacher Lauren Orban Might Lose Her Job Because Parents Are Awful

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Let's all get REALLY MAD FOR NO REASON.
Lauren Orban is a music teacher at a Bradenton elementary school in Manatee County. She's at the center of a debate there that could end up costing her career: She wrote on Facebook that "I'm fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and humans," you see, and Bay News 9 found out, and now people are all agitated that a teacher said this of an 8-year-old student who happens to be black.

Big fuckin' deal.

Though the Facebook thread -- which included several other teachers -- was deleted, the school registrar is apparently Facebook friends with the teacher and saw it.

"What in the hell is that supposed to mean?" the registrar wrote, before tattling on the teacher.

Here's what it probably means: "W.W." -- which is how the student was identified in the Facebook comments -- is probably a whirling tornado of disruption. This is probable because all 8-year-olds are whirling tornadoes of disruption. Are we seriously trying to get people fired for saying this to their friends?

The school district, to their credit, elected to issue a verbal warning because they don't have any guidelines about co-workers sending people's Facebook updates to the principal. Now, a protest is planned for 6 p.m. tonight because parents want her fired "or at least suspended without pay," according to the Herald-Tribune. These parents are silly.

"I send my child to school trusting them to teach him... Not to talk about him," said Lisa Wade, the mother of the boy Orban was reportedly talking about. It is unclear why anyone cares why Wade was sending her 8-year-old to school.

"I'm disgusted with how they talked about my child," she added. "It hurts."

A question: Who cares if it hurts? Maybe the lawyer Ward hired to threaten the school district cares, but people complain about their jobs all the time -- nobody else gets their license revoked for saying someone they have to deal with every day stinks. It should be noted that no one is accusing Orban of being a bad teacher, and the only way "W.W." knows about what Orban said is because a school employee told on Orban for being like, so mean. This is different that the (also very questionable) case of Charles Willis, another Manatee teacher who was fired after using Facebook to "inappropriately" communicate with students.

That's not the situation in Orban's case -- she wasn't talking to students; she was talking to her friends (and, it seems, a really touchy school registrar). Is a mother having her feelings hurt seriously a reason to ruin someone's career? They're pushing for the state to revoke Orban's teaching certificate, and there's a growing pile of articles about Orban that's certainly going to make future job applications more complicated.

Teachers are not special creatures that should have special rules because they deal with our precious children. They are employees -- why is it any of our business that they think some children are lousy? Some children are lousy. If she wasn't going to write it on Facebook, she was going to say it at a bar, or in the teachers' lounge, or somewhere else. Who are we to stop her? Should we have protests for teachers who complain about their jobs at bars, too?

Just because parents think their children is a beautiful snowflake does not mean people should lose their jobs for disagreeing.



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Shannon_fl
Shannon_fl

Facebook is not private...... If you are posting a status update you are asking a risk that anyone on your list can see it.

ihateblkppl
ihateblkppl

whats  the name of the registrar so we can beat their ass

guest
guest

I think you have to understand what its like to live in Manatee County. This isn't like it happened in Cooper City, this school is located in a town with historically terrible race relation issues. So when a mom hears her son was compared to an ape by a teacher, this could very well be the straw that broke the camels back. As some readers have noted, this is not a well thought out opinion piece. To understand the backlash of the parent, you have to understand the county. There are a lot of layers here that the writer should look into before say " Big fuckin' deal." 

This is a lazy editorial
This is a lazy editorial

Lauren Orban should not lose her job over this, period. She vented in a private forum not a public blog. She is still a thoughtless jerk. There is no way "missing link" is code for disruptive student and Mr. Abdill your argument that it does holds no weight. "Missing link" is code for funny looking, caveman like, Neanderthal, etc. It is definitely a racial slur whether or not Ms. Orban is even conscious of it. Teachers are supposed to be professionals. They are supposed to model fairness, good judgement, and intelligence. They are not supposed to be maligning their students on Facebook and then revealing the students' initials. It's a tough job and yes, teachers are held to higher standards. It's good in this day and age to hold someone to a higher standard when even journalists are allowed to use the laziest, foulest language possible when writing their opinion pieces.

Joshua Chang
Joshua Chang

Who gives a shit if your student is being bitched about i mean there no difference when the kids talk shit about the teachers behind their backs?

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Did the registrar "facebook" while on duty at work? Fire her ass for dereliction of duty...

iwonderskysoft-tips
iwonderskysoft-tips

I think it is just about her parents and has nothing to do with her, so how can she lose her job?

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