Ashley Payne, Former Teacher Fired for Facebook Pictures
Ashley Payne was a teacher at Appalachee High in Barrow County Georgia up until a short while ago, but claims she was fired after some pictures of her on Facebook drinking and an expletive were shown to her superiors.
The Barrow County school district claimed that Ashley had to go because her profile page had pictures of her with beer mugs and wine glasses from her European vacation.
“I visited the Guinness Brewery, I went to Italy and had wine. I went to the Temple Bar District of Dublin and drank some alcohol there like any normal adult would,” said Payne.
Ashley is claiming that the Barrow Country School District violated her rights because she was told she was not entitled to a hearing, but she does have the rights to a hearing.
The pictures in question show Ashley with glasses of alcohol, but not looking intoxicated.
“They’re not even of me drinking the drinks and I don’t look like I’m intoxicated in any way or doing anything provocative or inappropriate,” Payne said.
She was called in to the principal's office and told that she should resign.
Her facebook page is private and she has no students on there, but she does have some work colleagues. Some other teachers were on the European trip though and no one else has lost their job.
“I did not think that any of this could jeopardize my job because I was just doing what adults do and have drinks on vacation and being responsible about it,” said Payne.
The Barrow County School Superintendent Ron Saunders has declined to comment.