Controversy Over Teacher's Facebook Comment

By: Paul Mueller
By: Paul Mueller

A Florida elementary school teacher is accused of comparing one of her students to an animal in a Facebook post.

School officials say they stopped the online conversation, which now has been deleted.

But, that's not enough for the child's mother.

Paul Mueller sat down with her.

"It hurt me and it still hurts. Because he's eight-years-old."

Lisa Wade, a mother who is fuming mad.

"My blood's boiling."

Just one day after bay news 9 broke the story about Facebook comments involving her son, Wade wants disciplinary action, like a suspension, for the teacher who started the conversation comparing her son to an orangutan.

"He's not a monkey, he's not an orangutan. He's a human being."

Now we've learned more about the teacher who posted the quote: "I’m fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and humans."

Lauren Orban is a second grade music teacher here at GD Rogers Garden Elementary School.

A two year veteran with a clean record.

We went to her house, no one answered the door.

Then we discovered her Facebook page deleted.

Next we tried to reach a school registrar who eventually stopped that conversation and reported it.

She didn't return several of our Facebook messages, though she did post this story to her Facebook page.

Now as a mother fights for her son's rights, something at his age, he can't do on his own.

"I'm not wrong, I'm right, I'm doing what any other parent would do for their child."

The Manatee County School District has no written policy in place when it comes to teachers and their use of social media.

But-they say they urge teachers to use common sense.

School officials are hoping to implement a social media policy
sometime next year.

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  • by Daytime2 Location: Chicago, IL on Jul 11, 2012 at 09:40 AM
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  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
    The child was called a monkey and some are blaming the mother. Give me a break. The teacher was a moron. The teacher should be fired. Many people have difficult jobs, but they don't go around making stupid comments.
  • by Mark Location: Opp on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Most of the people posting here has no idea what it takes to be a teacher and have to deal with 30 children at once. It's extremely trying. Then, to have a child that has complete ignorance when it comes to social skills in the bunch only makes it harder. Instead of blaming this teacher for having a negative comment, the mother needs to be looking at why someone would have a negative comment in the first place. Discipline begins at home. The conspiracy between teachers and law enforcement to "mistreat and pick on" your kids doesn't really exist. But, if you pave the way to prison for your kids by condoning their behavior, blame noone but yourself.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:33 PM in reply to Mark
      You must be or must have been a teacher!
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      by My Two Cents on Jul 12, 2012 at 08:15 AM in reply to Mark
      Yes Mark, discipline does begin at home, and it may be true that this child has a discipline problem. However, the teacher should have had the ability not to put such language on the internet. What she should have done, was go to the principle to get a meeting with the parents. It shows how juvenile both acted. Facebook is no place for such language about anyone. Be careful of what you say or do on the internet, because it will come back to haunt you later.
  • by debra Location: pc on Jul 7, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    I'm sorry but this funny! Does anyone realize how are kids may act when we are not around? My goodness I thought her statement was funny! Kids to act strange sometimes, I mean mine do! And YES if she would have said that about my children I WOULD HAVE SAID "HONEY I KNOW RIGHT" maybe they will grow out of it!! Not by trying to punish her. Pretty sure his parents have joked about their kids! I mean get some humor!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 8, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to debra
      Here's another way of looking at things as well. Thank you for sharing.
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      by kathy on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM in reply to debra
      Debra is totaly right ... how many time do we as parents say .. you act goofy , or you act like a monkey ... lord there are more pressing issues then that
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        by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM in reply to kathy
        You got a point.
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    If this is the caliber of intelligence this teacher maintains, maybe the individual shouldn't be teaching kids. I realize our founding fathers wanted American citizens to have "free speech." But, with all freedoms, comes responsibilities. People also have the freedom to be extremely in the case of this teacher. If a person is going to do something this ignorant, they shouldn't be surprised with the consequences.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to SouthernPatriot
      Well said.
  • by Lisa on Jul 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    If this mom was as concerned about her child's behavior as she is about his "rights", then this probably would have never occurred.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:25 PM in reply to Lisa
      Many people might agree with you.
  • by D Location: Dothan,al on Jul 5, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    the kid was probably acting like a monkey thats why the teacher made the comment. The parents should raise there children better and not wait until someone else points out the problem and then blame the other people for being so mean. give me a break..... plus this is a attack on free speech.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to D
      I enjoy hearing your thoughts.
  • by Season Location: Orlando on Jul 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM
    Oh give me a break. People are hypocrites. Look at celebrities. People admire them even though most of them have drug addictions, cheat on their spouses, alcoholics, etc. But the moment the teacher says something honest on her own PRIVATE account she is crucified??? The parent is not standing up for her son anymore. She is blood thirsty. She could have resolved this with the principal and teacher without getting the press involved.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Season
      That's another way of looking at things.
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        by concerned on Jul 8, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Jalissa Ellis
        If you don't know how to use facebook, then you should not be on it. Above all, you should not degrade another person on there. USE IT WELL
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          by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 8, 2012 at 01:16 PM in reply to concerned
          Enough said.
  • by Ken Location: Chipley,fl on Jul 4, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    What about the Teachers right of free speach? Sge has the rtght to exress her vetw just like ayone else.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 4, 2012 at 09:26 PM in reply to Ken
      You got a point there.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM in reply to Jalissa Ellis
        You know I don't understand you, do you think everybody is right about what they've said on here ?People look at things and they all have a point about it, I want to know Jalissa what do you see here, what do you think about what the teacher said on facebbok ?
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          by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to
          I appreciate all of our viewers' feedback. While I may not agree with everyone's opinions, we are all entitled to our own, and I would never get into a battle of opinions with one of our viewers.
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      by jack on Jul 5, 2012 at 03:32 PM in reply to Ken
      She does but not about someones child.
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      by lynn on Jul 5, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to Ken
      When a teacher makes hurtful and embarrassing remarks about students, that is abusing her right to free speech--our freedoms only extend to the point of doing no harm to our fellow man, no matter who thinks differently. There is never any cause for posting this on a public site for everyone to see; if she felt compelled to make this statement, she should do so privately. Freedom does have responsibilities.
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        by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to lynn
        You chose the right place to leave your comment.
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      by Anony on Jul 6, 2012 at 03:15 PM in reply to Ken
      Well you know I'm all for peoples rights, but I wouldn't want to say something to the world that might cause some one to kill theirselves. You have to be aware that things you say could have a huge impact on someone. Children can't help how they are they are still in the process of growing and their little feelings are so vunerable. We who are grown have been knocked about phyically and mentally till we have grown a thick hide, but children and teenagers are different. You need to really think before opening your big mouth.This very thing is akin to bullying.
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        by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 02:05 PM in reply to Anony
        This is another way of viewing the situation. Thank you for your comment.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    Good for you mom. You fight for your sons rights because if you don't he's going to wonder why when he's older.You are doing exactly what a good mom should do.Some kids turn out to be rotten adults because their parents didn't stand up for them. I am so glad we have parents like you, you set a very good parent example.
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 4, 2012 at 04:04 PM in reply to
      I see this parent has a supporter!
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      by Mike on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM in reply to
      Get over it. Her child is probably a kid that has never been discipline by his parents. As a parent you teach your child respect, and to respect others, discipline, honesty, to read and write. But most parents today believe everyone else should teach this to their kids. I blame no one but the parents on failing to raise their own child.
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        by Jalissa Ellis on Jul 7, 2012 at 02:02 PM in reply to Mike
        I wonder how many parents will agree to that?
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