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Florida teacher says she was fired for giving students zeroes on assignments

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Circa) — An eighth grade social studies teacher says she was fired after refusing to give students partial credit for assignments they didn’t complete, Circa’s affiliate CBS 12 reports.

The veteran teacher, 52-year-old Diane Tirado, says that after firing her, the school administration didn’t allow her to say goodbye to her class. So, she said farewell by writing it on a white board.

The message read, “Bye kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in [heart] Mrs. Tirado."

She then took to Facebook to share a photo of it. The post quickly began to spread across the nation.

Tirado started teaching at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Florida this school year and says after some of her students didn’t turn in a two-week explorer’s notebook project she gave them a zero, only to discover the school had a “no zero” grading policy, CBS 12 reports.

The policy was found written in red in all caps in the school’s handbook and Tirado claimed no one told her about it.

“NO ZERO’S – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%,” the handbook read.

Tirado explains, according to the policy teachers are required to give their students a grade no lower than 50 percent – regardless if they actually submitted an assignment.

Tirado tells CBS 12, the policy sends students the wrong message and needs to be changed.

“I’m arguing the fact that you don’t get something for nothing. I want the policy changed, and it’s not just here,” Tirade stated in an interview with CBS 12.

Tirado told CBS12 she was a contracted teacher on a probation period so when the administration gave her the termination letter they didn’t specify the reason she was fired, claiming they could let her go without a cause.

Here's how social media users are reacting to this story. While some people say they see both sides, most people believe the teacher was treated unfairly:

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