Susan Creamer, a teacher at Merritt Brown Middle School in Panama City, Florida, is being investigated for posting a private Facebook message about being harassed by some of her students (video below).
Creamer wrote on the "Atheists of Bay County Group" private page that some male students had been harassing her, notes WJHG/WECP:
There is a bevy of boys in one of my classes (middle school) who are taking turns either inviting me to their churches or leaving (anonymously) flyers inviting me to church events. Today I found one on the A/V cart I use for a podium.
Every time any child sneezes, they loudly say "God bless you!" and look in my direction. I have complained twice to my principal -- one last month and once today. She has spoken privately to one or two of the little cretins, but it seems to do NO GOOD. I am feeling bullied and harassed.
It has become intolerable. I don’t feel like talking with the parents will stop the inappropriate behaviors because, for all I know, the parents are encouraging them. Any suggestions?
Creamer's private posting was somehow spread on social media, spurring an investigation by district school officials.
An unidentified parent told the news station that she wanted teachers who are not going to "bash our kids on public media."
Parent Crystal Mosely wrote a letter about Creamer to school superintendent Bill Husfelt, notes EAGNews.org:
First and foremost she should not be discussing her religious preferences (or lack thereof) with any of these students. Had she not been proudly boasting of her atheism these children would not know of her personal beliefs and I would not be addressing this situation.
Secondly, as an adult in a professional occupation her choice of words to describe her students is completely unprofessional and completely out of line. Third, for her to [seek] out suggestions from a group on social media of how to handle her students (my children) has me outraged?