Kimberly Hester was a teacher’s aide at an elementary school that has been fired last year for refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors. Now she is fighting a legal battle with the school district. She was fired by the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District from her job as an aide to Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan.
Hester uploaded a picture of a co-worker’s pants around her ankles and pair of shoes with the caption “thinking of you.” A parent and Facebook friend of Hester saw the photo and complained to the school. Lewis Cass ISD superintendent Robert Colby asked her three times for access to her Facebook account, but she kept on refusing. Colby wrote Hester a letter saying that ??in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly.?
Hester was put on paid administrative leave and was eventually suspended. She chose unpaid leave to collect workman’s compensation and she vowed to put up a fight for her dismissal. Hester is going to use the letter she received from Colby against the school district.
Michigan State Representatives Matt Lori and Aric Nesbitt contacted Hester to let her know that they have included her story in House Bill 5523. Michigan is one of several states that are currently pushing for legislation to make asking for social media passwords illegal.