Just Make Sure You Spell My Name Right

I’ve been shamefacedly following the story of Natalie Monroe, the suburban Philadelphia teacher/blogger with a shitload of fun stuff to say about her students.  What can I say, it’s gossip-y, she’s a blogger, and she pokes fun of “special” kids.  This one is so up my alley that it reinforces my suspicion that I am living the Truman Show.

(My students are) “out of contol,” “rude, lazy, disengaged whiners,” “rat-like,” and “frightfully dim.”

(I have a student that) “dresses like a streetwalker.”

“I hear the trash company is hiring.”

(Your child is) “a complete and utter jerk in all ways.”

“Although academically okay, your child has no other redeeming qualities.”

“There’s no other way to say this, I hate your kid.”

These are some of the top insults that Monroe allegedly posted in her blog.  I say allegedly because when I tried to visit said blog I was redirected to her new domain which contains only three posts, all of which came after the apple hit the fan. 

As you would probably expect, I have no issue with anything she’s said.  I’m sure it’s entirely accurate, it’s kind of funny, and it’s nothing that teachers haven’t said to one another since the days of the little-red-one-room-schoolhouse.  She just put it in writing.  And she had every right to.  Moreover, she claims to stand behind everything she said.

Well, almost everything.

The news ran a story the other day highlighting a derrogatory sentence from Monroe’s blog concerning the kids in the SpEd program.  The sentence, “I don’t care if you lick windows, take the special bus, or occasionally pee on yourself…you hang in there Sunshine, you’re friggin’ special,” and the news story surrounding it prompted Monroe to write a response in her “new” blog where she came off like one of the whining, petulant students that she gained notoriety blogging about.

Yea Natalie, the media sucks and most of the time they’re full of shit, and they’ll make your story what THEY need, but that’s something you should have considered when you decided to use them to promote yourself.  You picked the picture with the saying on it.  Stand behind it or go away.  The fact that I cannot access your original blog has already told me what your decision will be.

Here’s the link to the new blog.  Pretty anticlimactic.  Just notice how the number of comments decline from the first post to the third. (639, 71, 23 respectively at the time I am writing this).*

Tick-tock Natalie.  I guess in your case, Andy Warhol literally meant 15 minutes. #kthanxbai

*Note:  In the interest of full disclosure, all of these are higher than the number of comments I have received on any one post.

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3 Responses to “Just Make Sure You Spell My Name Right”

  1. What a shame! Her old blog sounds like a rare, sparkling gem. (Yes, 23 comments sounds pretty darned good to me, too.)

  2. You need to tell me about these things before they get pulled. I would have loved the old blog.

    Did she get dooced over it?

    • Meredith,
      The day the story hit I looked for her blog, but all I could find were news stories. Then when I found her blog (the original URL) I was directed to the new one. I’m sure someone like Zuckerberg could figure out how to see the original blog, but as of now it is beyond my skill level. I can ask Zuckerberg to try for me, I am a Facebook member you know.