A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners."
Some say she was right. Others say the comments were inappropriate.
Central Bucks East High School teacher Natalie Munroe blogged about her students, describing them as "out of control, rude, lazy, disengaged whiners, rat-like, dresses like a streetwalker and frightfully dim."
The blog she began in August of 2009 for friends and family has been taken down, but its contents can still be found easily online.
Munroe said teachers enter the education profession trying to change the world, only to have the life beat out of them.
"It was not meant for everybody to see, but if it's going to get out there, maybe it will start a conversation that needs to be had," she said.
Although Munroe, 30, didn't use her last name and didn't identify her students or even her school by name, she was suspended with pay and her blog was being investigated. She may also lose her job.
"Which may be a case for First Amendment right," Steve Rovner, Munroe's attorney, explained. "She didn't do anything wrong. People may not like what she had to write, but she's being censored for what she wrote."
The school superintendent described Munroe's blog as "very egregious."
One of her former students who now attends college thinks that her comments were out-of-line for a teacher.
"Whatever influenced her to say what she did is evidence as to why she simply should not teach," Jeff Shoolbraid wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "I just thought it was completely inappropriate."
"As far as motivated high school students, she's completely correct. High school kids don't want to do anything," he continued. "It's a teacher's job, however, to give students the motivation to learn."
Munroe's comments and her suspension by the school district have clearly touched a nerve with scores of online commenters, some applauding her for taking a tough love approach, others excoriating her for verbal abuse.