When Will They Ever Learn?

Facebook in the hands of the wrong user can be a dangerous thing.

It appears the new superintendent of schools in Windsor Locks flunked Common Sense 101.  According to the Hartford Courant, David Telesca posted comments about his job and personnel matters.

Several comments — dated between July 1 and July 9 — follow on Telesca’s Facebook page, including one that said “SUPER? You’re OKAAYYYYYY!” apparently in reference to his title of superintendent, to which Telesca responded, “Yes, but OKAAYYYYYY-intendent doesn’t fit on my business cards.”  (Hartford Courant, 7.28.10)

Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the Windsor Locks school board meets tonight to discuss what the article calls a “personnel matter.”

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10 Responses to When Will They Ever Learn?

  1. Cheryl says:

    I am absolutely with you about the problem of posting incriminating photos, insults, private (or company confidential) information … and a host of other things … online. It’s ridiculous to not realize these things will come back to bite you.

    BUT — I’m kind of puzzled by this case. That exchange you mention in your post is completely innocent, just not “buttoned-up” professional. His friend teases him about having the word “super” in his title, and he responded in fun. And even the personnel incident mentioned in the article didn’t give any hint as to who he disciplined or why. And the smile icon just makes no sense — heck, maybe he meant to make a “frowny” icon and missed.

    I don’t know. It seems like their only complaint is that he didn’t act like an executive 24 hours a day, and I think that’s a lot to ask. If he didn’t break any confidences or incriminate himself in any way, I don’t exactly get why he’s in trouble.

    • Gerry says:

      Cheryl, thanks for checking in.
      It is a lot to ask someone to act like they’re an executive 24 hours a day. But if they’re not going to (which is fine by me), then have the common sense to be discreet. He did not.

      • Cheryl says:

        Indeed, and, I’m sure there are jobs that just open you up to more scrutiny. School administration, politics, physicians, lawyers … they are, probably appropriately, held to a higher standard. The people in those lines of work have to realize that.

  2. anonymous says:

    One very important rule about the Web: Never publish anything you wouldn’t say on a loud speaker. Facebook has privacy controls and people should use them, however, as we all know, Facebook is NOT perfect.
    We had a similar incident in our family this past week. It resulted in one family member losing temporary custody of his child over something another family posted on the second one’s profile.
    The second one didn’t have his privacy settings “on” and all comments and activity could be seen by anyone in the world. He still hasn’t changed them and points to freedom of speech as his defense. I’m not sure I agree or disagree with that.

    In the case of the “super,” he is supposed to be a professional. He’s in the public eye, and should have known better than to make public comments about private, confidential matters. In his case, whether on FB or talking w/friends at a party, the comments about confidential business matters should be grounds for a very stiff reprimand, if not dismissal.

  3. WeatherMom says:

    I can’t believe this guy was able to get a superintendent’s job. To put his thoughts on a facebook page is pretty moronic. You would expect a level of maturity in the senior position of a town’s education department. Shame on him for discussing confidential work issues. I disagree with Cheryl’s assesment about having to act like an executive 24 hours a day. When you are at that level, it is expected that you act it 24/7…it comes with the territory. You shouldn’t be discussing confidential work issues among friends anyway and if you are, you most certainly should not be doing it on the internet. This person who has been told to retire or be terminated is now probably known throughout the school system and will probably turn around and sue the town for defamation of character. This guy does not deserve a job at that level. Didn’t the high school student in Burlington get suspended or lose her school office for the remarks she made about an administrator on the internet? I think in bragging about his cushy new job, he over-stepped his boundaries. It will be interesting to see how the school board handles this. I think it will be difficult to have him respected by the administrators that work for him, the teachers, the parents and the students. They all deserve better!

  4. Scott says:

    I read the article just shaking my head. It would certainly be a good lesson for the kids about what you say online and the repercussions. “Don’t put anything online you don’t want the world to see/know/hear” is my rule.

    I just sent you a tweet on this, but in case the mistake is corrected. I had to laugh at the headline under the “Get More” section for the Politics article. The headline says: “Journolist Scandal Damages Honorable Profession”. Ahhh…the irony of that “honorable Profession”. Apparently it doesn’t include proof reading the headline. 🙂

  5. Gerry says:

    Once again, a great bunch of comments.
    Thank you all for taking the time.

  6. Mary says:

    Once again common and sense DO NOT go hand in hand.

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