"Kids, I want you to know that you are never too old to make a mistake, and I made a big one by playing a movie with my 10th-graders. I will forever be sorry for my error in judgment. I want you to know I love each of you and wish you only the best.”
To support their teacher, students at the Mississippi school organized a walk out, have placed posters around the school and began a social media campaign on twitter with #bringmsporterback. The school claims that it was not only the rating of the film, it was that Ms. Porter had failed to get permission from the principal to show a movie. School policy dictates that any film, regardless of rating or subject needs to be approved by the administration.
Critics have pointed out that teachers have secured their positions after far more disturbing and egregious offenses than what was committed by Ms. Porter and that this was nothing more than an overreaction to a minor infraction by an otherwise effective, respected educator.
Does her mistake warrant the loss of her job? Check out the twitter comments at #bringmrporterback