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79-year-old substitute quits after 35 years over Facebook friends

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CHARLESTOWN, N.H. (MYFOX8) – A 79-year-old substitute teacher quit her job after school officials told her she had to delete thousands of students from her Facebook friend list.

The New Hampshire Union Leader says Carol Thebarge had been working for the district for the past 35 years and accepted assignments at 32 different schools.

On Facebook, Thebarge posted, “I was given an ultimatum; to either delete every student from my Facebook page and do not post pictures of them, or be terminated.”

According to MYFOX8, the ultimatum was given after a math teacher was recently charged with sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in his classroom.

Thebarge says she deleted about 50 students before stopping when the students started asking what they did wrong.

She says her Facebook page is a place where many of the kids ask for advice when it comes to bullies or feeling depressed.

Middleton McGoodwin, Claremont superintendent, said, “In truth, being a caring, lovely woman doesn’t give you immunity to ignore a school board policy that’s designed to protect everyone.”