Social media has always been an issue, not just in the workplace where employers are demanding for their employees' passwords, but also in the academe. Specifically, in Clayton High School located at St. Louis, where its principal has come under fire for purportedly posting as a student on Facebook.
Soon-to-be ex-principal Louise Losos was recently accused by a recent Clayton graduate for creating a fake Facebook profile under the name of "Suzy Harriston" and adding hundreds of students from the school so that she could monitor their activities.
This move was allegedly spurred after students rallied to bring back a physical education teacher that was fired from Clayton for giving strength training advice to students, which was prohibited by a Missouri State High School Activities Association rule. As a form of protest, some supporters of the coach had created a Facebook group called "Bring Back Coach Horrell."
More vocal supporters who posted in the group allegedly started receiving friend requests from the Harriston account, which was already in existence since 2011. After the public accusation that the profile was maintained by the principal, the Suzy Harriston account disappeared, and Losos resigned the next day due to a "fundamental dispute concerning the appropriate use of social media."
Losos has chosen to keep mum on the matter when contacted for comments by the press, but there are a number of outraged students and parents who are demanding for more information on the issue.
Article by Hazel Chua
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