Whilst it's common courtesy to never mix business with pleasure, unfortunately many believe they can get the best of both worlds - just ask Dr Louise Losos.
Former principal of Clayton High School in Missouri, Losos, created a fictitious Facebook account going by the name of 'Suzy Harriston', and whilst it's unknown how long the profile was active for, the true identity of Ms Harriston came to light after the false profile was outed.
"Whoever is friends with Suzy Harriston on Facebook needs to drop them. It is the Clayton Principal," wrote 2011 graduate Chase Haslett on the social networking site.
Naturally, a barrage of questions were posted in response to the statement, with Haslett simply stating: "Can't say who told me."
Just four weeks after Haslett's statement, two events occurred - firstly, his allegation was removed from Facebook and secondly, Harriston's profile mysteriously disappeared. And as if by complete coincidence, the district also revealed that Losos would begin her leave of absence.
"This is both a personal issue for Louise and a personnel matter for the district," said Chris Tennill, chief communications officer for the School District of Clayton. "As this involves personnel, we are not able to provide any additional details at this time."
Whilst thankfully no other sordid activities have been reported regarding Losos and her students, it serves as a stark reminder just how easy it is to abuse your powers especially when serving as a figure for others to look up to - and sadly blurring the lines between being personal whilst maintaining a sense of professionalism.
Source: The Huffington Post