Monday, April 4, 2011

Catholic Teacher Suspended Over received some news coverage last week. Fox 5 was calling it a teacher website scandal. The president of JEVRA, LLC, & Owner of the burn website, Elizabeth Cucinotta was teaching at St. Francis Prep School for four years, and loved her teaching job. That is until they suspended her with pay, and threatened to fire her if she did not remove the categories "Bad Teachers", and "Bad Students" from the site. When she refused, she was fired.

The site was created to give people a place to vent, and to encourage freedom of speech rights. "The world is angry now, they need a place to vent, to get things off their chest, and hope it all just goes away" she said. "It feels good" she added.

When she was asked how she felt being sent home, she said she was very surprised. Before she started the site she even went to a priest and told him the name of the website on two occasions and was not given any indication that it was going to be a problem. Days after she got it up and running she says she was called into the principal's office and suspended. She was asked if she would take the website, or her job back if asked to chose, and she said. "They suggested I take them down today, which I won't do". She was eventually fired.

The school issued this statement to Fox 5: "Miss Cucinotta has been suspended pending an investigation for a potential violation of the school's mission and the teacher's obligation to fulfill that mission." Some students said they agree. Some rallied outside with signs that said "Free Ms C". Fox 5 asked her what she has to say to the administrators who suspended her. "Burn and rot in hell," she said.

The website has been up only 2 weeks, and had over 12,000 members, and 240,000 page views.

Here is the news footage that was aired on Fox 5:

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