A Bucks County teacher is headed back to work–after her blog generated national headlines back in February.
Shortly after school officials confronted Natalie Munroe about her blog, the English teacher defended her posts. “If you have a bad day or a frustrating day at work–like most people do–you say, ‘Can you believe this happened to me today? Can you believe the kind of client that I dealt with today?'” said Munroe.Munroe identified herself as Natalie M. and said she didn’t think anyone would realize who she was. She never identified the school, but called students everything from “lazy and sneaky” to “complaining and utterly loathsome.”Speaking in a video from a School Board meeting in February, Central Bucks School District Superintendent Robert Laws faulted Munroe for putting her complaints, personal frustrations, and negative feelings about members of the school community on the Internet.”Ms. Munroe has lost the confidence, trust, and respect of her students, their parents, and her colleagues,” said Laws.Munroe was pregnant when the scandal broke and has been on maternity leave. Her attorney said he believed the teacher had a First Amendment case if the District decided to fire her. Jeffrey Shoolbraid graduated from Central Bucks East in 2009. He remembers Natalie Munroe,”I had her as a sophomore for English and I did not like her at all,” said Shoolbraid. “She’s not a nice person. The thing I have the most problem with is the fact that she was making our school look bad, our community too.”Shoolbraid says he’s okay with Munroe going back to the school–he expects the students will give her a hard time.