Natalie Munroe blog raising questions of teacher free speech

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 By


Many teachers are now expressing their frustration online, and Natalie Munroe's blog may lead to her being fired. Image: Flickr / wlscience / CC-BY-SA

Everyone gets a little frustrated at work or other people now and again. On Natalie Munroe’s blog, the high school teacher ranted about her students and job. When that blog was brought to administrator’s attention, Natalie Munroe was suspended, and she may be fired.

The contents of the Natalie Munroe blog

Natalie Munroe is a high school English teacher in Feasterville, Pa. The 30-year-old started a blog in 2009 in about her life and thoughts on being a teacher. In the 80 posts on her blog, she talked about her students about 25 percent of the time. Though the blog has since been taken down, it is available as a cached page. She says things such as: “Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs. Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy LOAFERS.” as well as coming up with a list of “alternate” report card barbs such as:

  • I hear the trash company is hiring.
  • I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son.
  • Rude, beligerent [sic], argumentative f**k.
  • Just as bad as his sibling. Don’t you know how to raise kids?
  • Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they’re related?”
  • Shy isn’t cute in 11th grade; it’s annoying. Must learn to advocate for himself instead of having Mommy do it.
  • Does the Natalie Munroe blog count as free speech?

    When Natalie Munroe’s students found their teacher’s blog, they brought it to the attention of administrators. The administrators suspended Munroe, and are considering firing her. Munroe has hired a lawyer, who says that they will be fighting these actions on the basis that a personal blog counts as free speech. Munroe was careful to not provide any identifying information about her school or her students. Administrators may be able to fire Munroe based not the fact that she admits to blogging on school computers and on school time.

    Other blogging teachers

    Natalie Munroe is not the only teacher who blogs about her frustration with the educational system. “Fed Up With Lunch” is a blog kept carefully non-identifying that expresses the anger at the school lunch program. Teachers walk a fine line between expressing their frustration about the system they work in and keeping their jobs.


    AOL News
    Yahoo News

    Previous Article

    « USA Today payday loan alternatives article is misleading

    Payday loan alternatives that save money would be worthwhile, but the options USA Today suggests don't necessarily fit the bill. READ MORE… A smiling blonde woman holds a saved dollar. Payday loan alternatives should help you save, not cost more. Are you listening, USA Today?
    Next Article

    Last-minute tax breaks for donations to Chile and Haiti »

    A House bill was introduced yesterday which, if signed into law, will allow last-minute 2009 tax deductions for disaster-relief donations to Chile and Haiti...

    This post has 2 comments

    1. aliceseason says:

      dasd ada d

    2. mrteachbad says:

      Here's another one: Mr. Teachbad (

      This absolutley HAS to come down as a victory for Free Speech. She's done nothing wrong.

    Trackbacks / Pingbacks

    Leave a Reply

    Other recent posts by bryanh

    What is a bad credit installment loan?

    If you need money now and suffering from bad credit or no credit, you can get the help you need with an instant bad credit installment loan.
    Apply today for a bad credit installment loan.

    Get a quick payday cash loan

    Next time you’re short of cash until payday, get a quick payday cash advance. It takes just minutes to apply...
    If you're short on funds, apply for a quick payday cash loan online.

    Short Term Loans – Expanding Scope During Financial Distress

    Borrow Up To $1,500 With No Credit Checks or Faxing Required. Cash Deposit in two Hours. Online Application Takes 2.5 Minutes. APPLY HERE!
    This is without a doubt what people feel when they apply for short term loans. Please note that your personal experience may be different. (Photo: