School librarian's email examined for misconduct re: gay pride law
mdoneil writes "A Hillsborough county school system librarian who is an outspoken opponent of the Hillsborough County Commission's recent action to not fund gay pride related activities had his email scrutinized after he used a school system computer to send bulk email.
Bart Birdsall is upset that his emails to Tampa Hillsborough Library Director Joe Stines were read. Not all of the emails that were examined including those to Stines were sent from school systems computers, some were sent from Birdsall's personal computer. However three of the messages sent from the school system computer violated school board policy and Birdsall was warned that he could be subject to disciplinary action.
The St. Petersburg Times article notes that Birdsall "felt like it was a witch hunt."
It is important to note that Florida has government in the sunshine laws which make correspondence with public officials such as Library Director Stines public record in so far as it was recieved on a computer or over a network paid for with public funds. All email messages, with certain exceptions for legal and personnel records, are available for inspection by members of the public. So while Birdsall's email messages to Stines office computer were made public so would yours or mine.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, one should not use employer's resources to promote them. Similarly if you don't wish to have your email made public do not send it to a government official in Florida"