Q. Some teachers face punishment for posting on their Facebook pages derogatory statements about students. Should employers be able to do that? Should colleges and universities be able to look at such sites to assess student applications?
Brenden Dahrouge, 13, Smith Academy of International Languages, Charlotte: There is no reason to punish or fire an employee that has done nothing wrong in the workplace. Although I can understand why an employer would get angry, it's nothing to lose a job over. In a way it is a violation of their freedom of speech.
Amanda Furr, 16, West Stanly High School, Oakboro: If these pages are public, the employer has the right to fire them. You shouldn't post things you know are inappropriate and could cause trouble. At the very least make your profile private. The same when applying to colleges, you know they look at these things, so why even risk it?!
Caila Morris, 14, North Stanly High, New London: I don't think teachers should be fired for having a Facebook or MySpace page. They have a right to express themselves in any way they want. They shouldn't talk about their students, but if they do they should not be fired. They need punishment, but not as extreme as being fired. Teachers can't be expected to behave like they do when they teach. People have lives outside of work.
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Emily Trenning, 14, Smith Academy, Charlotte: Teachers should teach because they enjoy it. It's OK for employers to punish employees for insulting their students. We have freedom of speech, but it is unnecessary for teachers to openly talk badly about their students. Colleges have the right to reject students because they don't want to accept students who have bad judgment.