BEAVER DAM, Wis. — A Beaver Dam Middle School teacher is on administrative leave after school officials discovered a photo of her with a gun on Facebook.
In the photo, Betsy Ramsdale was training a rifle at the camera.
In an e-mail to WKOW-TV in Madison, Ramsdale said she removed the photo immediately and that she is not “interested in any controversy.”
Schools superintendent Donald Childs says a concerned staff member brought the photo to the district’s attention.
Childs says the use of the photo “appears to be poor judgment” and is unaware of any sinister intent.
Ramsdale’s biography on the district Web site states she is in her first year at the school. Department of Public Instruction records show Ramsdale has been licensed to teach since 1996.
I was a little hesitant to say much until I saw the picture. I could imagine something that might have been in poor judgment. However Thirdpower found the picture:
To suspend her for this picture alone is nothing but bigotry against gun ownership.
I sent her a message with a link to a lawyer (Matthew J. Bean) that has some experience with employment law and discrimination against gun owners.
Best wishes to Ms. Ramsdale. I feel your pain.