I bet when Betsy Ramsdale posted this photo of herself on Facebook she never expected that would result in her becoming a topic of discussion across the nation.
Video, from WKOW.
BEAVER DAM (WKOW) -- Beaver Dam school officials placed a middle school teacher on administrative leave after discovering a photograph of the teacher with a gun on the teacher's Facebook page.
In the photo, teacher Betsy Ramsdale is training a rifle at the camera.
Ramsdale emailed 27 News in response to our inquiries saying she "removed the photo immediately" and that she is not "interested in any controversy." Ramsdale did not comment on her motivation for posting the photo.
Schools superintendent Donald Childs told 27 News he is unaware of any sinister intent on the teacher's part and said the use of the photo "appears to be poor judgment."
Childs said the Facebook photo was brought to the attention of school district officials by a concerned staff member at Beaver Dam Middle School.
I think Ramsdale used poor judgment in posting that photo, especially as her Facebook profile image.
She wasn't thinking of her career. You can't post anything on the Internet that someone may find objectionable. You're asking for trouble and she got it.
That said, I don't think she should be punished anymore than she already has been. She removed the photo and school officials have no complaints about her teaching or behavior in the classroom. What's the point of putting her on leave? Ramsdale removed the photo. That should be enough.
I wonder if the "concerned staff member at Beaver Dam Middle School" mentioned the photo to Ramsdale before going to the school district.
Did the "concerned staff member" question Ramsdale about the wisdom of posting such a photo?
Did the "concerned staff member" think Ramsdale actually posed a threat to students?
Once again, one's Internet activities has a dramatic impact on face to face interaction. Once again, there are real life consequences.