Wife came home from a full day of teaching yesterday (Thursday) and spelled out the following...
[backstory] Few months back, a kid (student at the school) was busted with a hit list, resource officer rotation and movement tracking spreadsheet, and some IED making supplies. Kid got busted when his sister heard of his plans and turned him in. Apparently, he had at least two other accomplices willing to take part in his little Columbine re-enactment.
[crux of the issue] The kid was released Wednesday into the custody of his mother while he awaits trial. A fellow teacher, and a friend of my wife, emailed the entire school (all staff and administration within the school itself, not the entire district) a link to the news article stating that the boy had been released the day before. The only text supplied by the teacher was "FYI".
[questions] Was what the teacher did morally objectionable? Was what the teacher did offensive? Was what the teacher did illegal in any way?
[school/administration response] Within five minutes, the teach was substituted out of class and 'escorted' to the head principal's office. Once she arrived, he threatened the teacher with immediate dismissal if she didn't retract the email through the school systems intranet. Once retracted, an official reprimand letter was placed in her employment file, cause/reason: inducing a panic.
[teacher response] Apparently several gave the district a middle finger salute coupled with a big fat FU as they went on the internet once home, found the article that was retracted, and posted it on their personal Facebook pages. As of this morning, according to the wife's string of text messages to me, a dozen teachers have been called down to the school districts administration offices (separate from the three high schools) and given official reprimand letters as well for sharing the article on Facebook.
What kind of Orwellian world do we live in where it has become a fireable offense for warning colleagues, and the community at large, about a potential threat to their personal safety?