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CHAPTER I

Failing to Forget the“Drunken Pirate”

Stacy Snyder wanted to be a teacher. By spring of 2006, the 25-year-old single mother had completed her coursework and was looking forward to her future career. Then her dream died. Summoned by university officials, she was told she would not be a teacher, although she had earned all the credits, passed all the exams, completed her practical training—many with honors. She was denied her certificate, she was told, because her behavior was unbecoming of a teacher. Her behavior? An online photo showed her in costume wearing a pirate’s hat and drinking from a plastic cup. Stacy Snyder had put this photo on her MySpace web page, and captioned it “drunken pirate,” for her friends to see and perhaps chuckle ...

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