From the way Superintendent Michael Hartenstein sees it, a teacher writing an explicit novel doesn't violate any school codes of conduct. It breaks no laws.
But it's still concerning.
"My job is to take care of the school system and the kids who are in it, so anything anyone does that causes parents or kids to be upset is of concern to me," Hartenstein said.
The book, authored under the pen name Deena Bright, follows a young teacher as she learns about sexuality from her former students.
Hartenstein confirmed Eastman was away from Hoover High for three weeks pending an investigation into her misuse of social media on school time. He said the investigation lasted that long because of Thanksgiving break, and he would not comment on whether her social media use was related to the book.
He also would not comment about whether Eastman discussed her book in the classroom.
Hartenstein said he first learned of Eastman's book when a parent contacted him about it.
Eastman could not be reached for comment Monday.
The story has the community talking. Check out what North Canton Patch readers are saying about it on Facebook, Twitter and on the website.
What our readers are saying on Facebook:
Holly Shepherd Monte: "After the drivel that was 50 Shades sold a kabillion copies, if you have a good idea for a book, why shouldn't you go for it? Good luck to Mrs. Eastman."
Kristina Bunnell: "Not my kind of book, but good for her!"
Eva Roethlisberger Lepelley: "i haven't read it..not my cup of tea but good luck to her.."
Wendy Betz-Smith: "She is my daughters teacher also, I hear nothing but good things about her:) what she chooses to do on her own time is not my business...."
Susie Buckey: "Have heard about it - won't read it"
Joy Garrett Wise: "My concern is the morals that are at risk for students. Teachers are supposed to be someone to look up to."
Scott Dallas: "thats pretty awesome! or wait am i supposed to be disturbed abd upset?"
On North Canton Patch:
Kathy Thompson: "Leave the teacher alone. It's not like she brought the book into the classroom. People need to stop the negative nit picking and get a life."
Michele: "She sets a horrible example for our children both professionally and personally. If she wants a career in erotica then she should quit her teaching job working around children!"
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