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Teacher Claims She Was Fired For Not 'Unfriending' Students On Facebook

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A popular elderly teacher in New Hampshire says she is unemployed because of social media.

79-year-old Carol Thebarge had been substituting at Stevens High School's for 9 years, but she says she was fired after violating the school's policy of friending students on social media.

She had over 250 students as friends on Facebook.

Thebarge says when she was confronted about this, she was given an ultimatum to either unfriend them or be terminated.

Thebarge chose to be terminated, and now students are outraged and protesting about their school's decision.

"There's a paranoia about the Internet and I think that we're not realizing how valuable Facebook can be used properly," Thebarge said

"Facebook is a wonderful communication tool among friends. But teachers are not students' friends. She's a wonderful lady and she's loved by many but that doesn't give you allowance to ignore a protocol designed to protect all," Superintendent Dr. Middleton said.

"She wasn't harming anybody. She was a great person and always helps us. She cared," student Kayla Jennison said.

There's a petition circulating for Thebarge to get her job back, but the educator says even if they offered her the job back, she wouldn't take it.

The school's superintendent says the policy was meant to prevent any boundaries from being crossed.

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