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Press Trolls Slime Lakeland Teacher

A respected Lakeland School District teacher has gotten rough treatment at the hands of swamp lizards that hang out at the Coeur d'Alene Press online site. Meghan Ridley, a special education teacher at Betty Kiefer School, was compared to infamous pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau by at least one of the trolls and tsk-tsked by others for what they thought to be improper, classroom dress. Meghan's photo appeared in the Press during a recent three-part series on the teachers union. After being attacked by the keyboard commandos, she entered the fray, commenting: “ … the words I read about myself on this blog were the worst I've ever heard about myself. To watch it snowball and escalate was nothing short of shocking. From a low cut shirt, to selling sex, to then finally being compared to Mary Kay Letourneau … I'm almost speechless.” Lost on the Press trolls is the fact that Meghan is “a graduate of idaho public schools from kindergarten through her master’s degree, a 6 -year special-ed teacher, a Special Olympics coach, the Lakeland Education Association’s president, and a doctoral student at Gonzaga University.” You can see what all the fuss is about here. (Lakeland High District staff photo of Meghan Ridley)

DFO: I just talked to Meghan. On Monday, she phoned the Press, asking editors to do something about the rude comments on the online edition. They got back to her today. She said she was so frustrated by the inaction this week that she finally weighed in with her own comments.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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