PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District School leaders tell WJHG/WECP they are investigating a Facebook post made by a local teacher in which she called her students "little cretins."
Merritt Brown Middle School teacher Susan Creamer posted to a private "Atheists of Bay County Group" in a post now making the rounds on social media.
Creamer wrote that students were harassing her with invitations to church and loudly saying "God bless you" while looking in her direction when people sneeze.
In the post, Creamer called her students "little cretins."
According to dictionary.com, a cretin is "a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person." Other definitions include "a stupid person (used as a general term of abuse)."
The post goes on to say she feels she's being harassed and has taken her concerns to administration to no avail.
In Bay District Schools' policy manual for employees, it is written: "the district believes employees should separate personal and professional relationships in online communities and platforms."
The teacher has responded to WJHG/WECP via email saying she has no comment.
We also reached out to district officials and school administrators who did not wish to comment.
But district officials did confirm they are investigating.
In an email, district officials wrote:
"Bay District Schools prides itself on providing a safe, protected environment for all students at all times.
Teachers are encouraged and trained, to keep clear boundaries between their personal and professional lives to ensure that the classroom remains a neutral and supportive environment.
This training and related School Board policy includes guidelines for interactions on all social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook. We do not condone the use of disparaging comments about our students in any form, on any social media platform or in any school.
Unfortunately, like any other organizations of our size, we have had to address these issues occasionally with our employees."
District leaders also provided a link to the Code of Ethics for Professional Educators. You can find that link and the link to the district's policy manual attached to this article.