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February 16, 2011

Pa. teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia has become an icon by daring to ask in no delicate terms: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?

Thirty-year-old Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job in the middle-class Central Bucks School District for her profanity-laced blog, which has since been taken down.

In it, she called her students "disengaged, lazy whiners" and complained that they are "just generally annoying" and "disobedient, disrespectful oafs."

Online commenters applaud her for taking a tough love approach or excoriating her for verbal abuse. She's attracted media attention, and backers have started a Facebook group.

Munroe did not use her full name or identify her students or school. A school official did not return a message Tuesday.

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