Angry parents are pointing fingers at a group of Markham high school teachers after a controversial photo was spotted on Facebook.
Teachers from Markham District High School posed for a group photo after taking part in an axe-throwing match back in March.
Instead of displaying their thumbs, these GTA educators decided to present their middle fingers to the camera.
One of the teachers uploaded the photo to their Facebook account briefly before taking it down – but not before a student saved the image and posted it to their own account!
When parents caught wind of the photo, they angrily informed the York Region District School Board about what they had seen.
The Toronto Sun’s Jenny Yuen reports here that the school board attempted to place blame on the student for re-posting the photo in the first place. They also reached out to the student on Twitter, asking them to remove the photo.
Emails sent within the school board reveal that officials were working hard on damage control, trying to figure out various ways to explain the photo’s existence.
Guidelines governing social media use by teachers only suggests that teachers use “sound judgement” and “due care” when operating private accounts on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.