Teacher suspended over "lazy whiners" blog post is reinstated

PHILADELPHIA Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:21pm EDT

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A high school English teacher suspended from her job after she blogged that her suburban Philadelphia students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners" will head back to her classroom next month.

The blog by teacher Natalie Munroe set off a firestorm of complaints and she was suspended with pay earlier this year. "My students are out of control," she had written.

Munroe, however, has some concerns about returning to Central Bucks East High School when school resumes on August 30 after having been escorted from the building in February, her lawyer Steven Rovner said on Thursday.

"She wants to be an effective teacher and does not know what environment she will be going back to," said Rovner, who added that Munroe was not available for comment.

Munroe had a baby girl in March, and the Central Bucks School District said that after an investigation about her blog, she had been placed on a maternity leave.

The district scheduled a news conference next week about her return, but declined further comment for now, a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, Munroe is back to blogging, this time outlining the sequence of events that led to her return. She said she had to contact the district five times about returning, and did not portray the series of phone calls as a happy event.

Still, Rovner said, "She's a teacher and will be glad to be going back to the classroom."

He would prefer that she work in one of the district's other high schools, Rovner said.

"As a teacher, she is like a celebrity now," he said. "Emotions would not be as high if she went to another school."

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Cynthia Johnston)

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