Another day, another school official that has proven they can’t handle being in a position of power. Principal Sharron Smalls, of New York’s Jane Addams High School is under fire, again, for posting a revealing picture to her personal Facebook page. The photo, which surfaced after students began passing it around the school last week, shows Smalls next to a topless man as he pours a dark liquid substance over her.
The 43-year-old teacher is already under investigation for massive course credit scandal at her F rated high school that may have jeopardized graduation for half of the current senior class. Smalls is accused of handing students chemistry credits for cosmetology courses and geography credits for tourism classes. Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg questioned Smalls’ choices as a school leader saying, “When you are in a leadership position in a school, you have to consider the potential downside of exposing your personal life on social media.”
Long time teachers of Jane Addams have also spoken out about their principal’s lack of leadership and positive example. Stephen Tavano, who has taught math at Jane Addams for 19 years and heads the local chapter of the teachers union says, “These photos are just another example of our leader’s poor judgment. No matter how this turns out, principal Smalls needs to go.”
What do you think of teachers participating in social media? Should it be allowed?