Susan Creamer, an atheist who teaches at Merritt Brown Middle School in Panama City, took to Facebook to write disparaging remarks about her students after they invited her to Church.
There is a bevy of boys in one of my classes who are taking turns either inviting me to their church or leaving (anonymously) flyers inviting me to church events. Today, I found one on the A/V cart I use for a podium.
She also claimed that students saying “bless you” to one another when they sneezed was a form of bullying. She went on to blast her students as cretins, and said she believed the children’s parents were encouraging the behavior.
These comments were made on a private Facebook page, but it wasn’t long before her comments were captured through a screen shot, and shared around. Of course, the screen shot reached other members of the school staff, and the children’s parents.
Several parents complained about her actions. Firstly, for bring her beliefs into the class – if she hadn’t proudly announced the fact she was atheist, the children wouldn’t know. This also possibly raises the question as to exactly what she had been saying, and what would lead the children to take such issue with her beliefs? Another complaint was that she was asking questions about how to deal with her pupils on Facebook, instead of on an education workers’ website.
She is currently under investigation, as school policy does not allow open criticism of students.