Personal Website "Unbecoming"

Gay Teacher’s Blog Blows Up, Costs Job

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The Internet undoes another life. A gay Columbus, Ohio substitute teacher resigned after school officials found comments about a gay student on the teacher’s blog.

An openly gay substitute teacher accused of talking about a student’s sexuality on his personal Web site has resigned in the wake of local media coverage that detailed his own sexual orientation and the blog’s contents.

Columbus, Ohio, school officials had been investigating possible student-privacy violations stemming from comments made on the blog of Jared Bollenbacher, 23, a substitute teacher at Columbus high schools and middle schools.

The blog entries on Bollenbacher’s site chronicle his classroom experiences, and one included crude references to student he thought might be gay…

Bollenbacher tried to plead his case to school officials, but they weren’t having it and deemed his blog, which had pictures of him in his undies, “unbecoming the teaching profession.” Yes, blogging sure is unbecoming.