How appropriate, as the nation's investigative reporters convene in Miami Beach, that a South Florida newspaper uncovers such stunning behavior. A Palm Beach County kindergarten school teacher posted a photograph of herself on her Facebook page with the damning phrase: "P.S. I'm a beer girl."
The Sun-Sentinel Facebook school teacher expose named names. Now everyone knows the identity of the beer girl. Plus, the story Sunday named the music teacher who mused on his Facebook page that some of his students did him proud but "a few that make you think if they are worthy of having the government force us to pay for their educations."
A Broward teacher posted a photo of a "girlfriend in a skimpy outfit." Another teacher posted a Mardi Gras photo, though not the Mardi Gras photo you might expect of a front page investigative piece. There were revelations of a teacher posting "swear words." It was as if the Sun-Sentinel was channeling the Baptist Messenger.
The Sun-Sentinel story envisioned terrible consequences for its tepid findings. "The questionable material could cost them their jobs. While school districts in Palm Beach and Broward counties have no policies on online content, state education officials said they could yank a teacher's certification if his or her online content violated the state ethics code."
It occurred to me that as embarrassing as the story must have been for the teachers whose names were sullied like criminals, it was much more embarrassing for journalists.
I'll do the reporter a favor she didn't extend to the teachers. I won't name her.