A Facebook controversy is brewing in Bradenton, where a mother is outraged at comments made online by her son's teacher.
But the Manatee County School District has no written policy in place when it comes to teachers and their use of social media.
We have obtained a Facebook conversation between a group of teachers talking about at least one student.
"I send my child to school, trusting them to teach him, not to talk about him" said Lisa Wade, whose son is a student at G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School.
Wade said she is still in shock after the teacher posted a controversial comment, identifying Wade's 8-year-old son by his initials and grade level.
"I'm disgusted with how they talked about my child," Wade said. "It hurts."
Wade saved the Facebook conversation, which starts off with one teacher saying:
"I'm fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and humans."
Seven people liked that comment, and a handful of people responded, including other teachers.
One teacher responded asking, "Please tell me who you are talking about. This made me laugh out loud."
The teacher replied:
"W.W. Does that help?"
That's when the school registrar, who brought this to the principal's attention, jumped in the conversation and asked, "What in the hell is that supposed to mean?"
After that question, the conversation stopped. Soon after, the entire conversation was deleted.
Wade said the principal told her she had handled the situation. On Monday, a school representative said the district is sorry, and it will not happen again.
"First of all, that was very inappropriate, and we certainly do not condone anything like that," said Margi Nanney, with the Manatee County School District.
Officials said they urge teachers to use common sense when it comes to social media. They hope to implement an official social media policy sometime next year.
"I think lessons come hard in this life, and I think social media is one of the places where people can make mistakes, and we hope this never occurs again," said Nanney.
Rodney Jones, with the NAACP, said to him, the incident definitely has racial undertones.
"A minimum of disciplinary [action], definitely retraining," Jones said. "There has to be some training opportunity, and then the district has to be forward enough to develop a social media policy with enough teeth in it to keep this type of thing from happening."
Wade said she went through too much growing up for her children to have to deal with something like this.
"The things that I had to go through, my child won't go through it," she said.
While the school board has investigated, Wade said she has retained an attorney, and wants at least one person held accountable.