- A Florida teacher said she was fired because she gave her students zeros on missed assignments.
- Diane Tirado of Port St. Lucie, Florida, penned a goodbye message to her students, which has gone locally viral.
- “Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in,” she wrote.
- The school refuted Tirado’s claim and said she was fired because her “performance was deemed sub-standard.”
A Florida teacher said she was fired because she refused to give her students partial credit for missed assignments, CBS12 reported.
Following her September 14 termination, Diane Tirado of Port St. Lucie, Florida, wasn’t given a chance to say goodbye to her students, she told the outlet.
“I got fired. I was packing my stuff, and I was not going to see the kids,” she said.
Instead, the former West Gate K-8 School teacher penned an honest goodbye message to her students on her whiteboard.
“Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in,” she wrote.
Following her Facebook post, which went locally viral, messages of support rolled in.
“If you start handing out 50% to everyone that does not turn in their work, what example does that teach? The child needs to be held accountable for the work they do not turn in,” one person agreed. “That is beyond ridiculous!! Good for you for standing up for what you believe in,” someone else wrote. “I can’t believe this,” another commenter added. “Behind you 100%.”
Currently, according to the school’s student and parent handbook, there are “no zero’s” allowed and the “lowest possible grade is 50%” for all assignments. A representative for the school district told INSIDER that students can get zeros for work not completed or not turned in.
But Tirado said the school has a different policy in place.
“I’m arguing the fact that you don’t get something for nothing,” she told CBS12. “I want the policy changed, and it’s not just here.”
In a statement provided to INSIDER, a representative for the Port St. Lucie public schools refuted Tirado’s claim.
“Ms. Tirado was released from her duties as an instructor because her performance was deemed sub-standard and her interactions with students, staff, and parents lacked professionalism and created a toxic culture on the school’s campus,” they said.
While Tirado worked at the school, administrators met with concerned students, parents, and colleagues, about her performance, the representative for the district told INSIDER.
“During her brief time of employment at West Gate, the school fielded numerous student and parent complaints as well as concerns from colleagues,” the representative said. “Based on new information shared with school administrators, an investigation of possible physical abuse is underway.”
Tirado has been a teacher for more than 17 years, CBS12 reported. She was working at the district’s K-8 school as an eighth-grade social studies teacher at the time of her termination.
On Tuesday, she further explained her reasoning on Facebook. “The reason I took on this fight was because it was ridiculous,” she wrote. “Teaching should not be this hard. Teachers teach content, children do the assignments to the best of their ability and teachers grade that work based on a grading scale that has been around a very long time.”
Diane Tirado didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s requests for comment.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include a statement from the Port St. Lucie School District.
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