UPDATE May 22, 2014 in red
What happens when an unknown teacher improperly records a telephone conversation with an award winning recording artist and then releases it to the public?
Answer: The unknown teacher becomes a household name and social media celebrity. Kimberly Smiley became the modern day David to Leann Rimes’ Goliath.
No one will forget the media storm against Rimes for attempting to hold Smiley accountable for allegedly improperly recording a private conversation – a crime in California where recording a telephone conversation requires consent of both parties. [Rimes refused to press criminal charges but opted to sue civilly.]
The media portrayed Kimberly Smiley as a harmless out of work teacher and mother of four who relied on the charity of strangers to pay for her defense against the Rimes’ lawsuit.
The case was ultimately dismissed. Smiley became a social media sensation and relished in her new found fan base.
Under the bright lights of sensationalism, Smiley’s image began to crack. Perhaps Smiley viewed her new found fame as an endorsement of her social media exchanges with Leann Rimes and Rimes’ fans as her targets. Smiley with the assistance of family members and a hard core fan base reveled in hate and engaged in ad hominem attacks and vitriol against Leann Rimes and Rimes fans.
On May 2, 2014, Kimberly Smiley jumped the shark. As soon as one of her critics (known as Ginger on twitter) posted her daughter’s prom photograph, Smiley stole the photograph. Smiley then cropped off Ginger’s daughter’s head and posted Ginger’s daughter with a caption regarding the need to step away from food and enroll in weight watchers.
Smiley’s loyal followers chimed into the hate fest against Ginger’s daughter:
“Em” is Ginger’s daughter. The aforementioned accounts are dedicated to tormenting Ginger by discussing Ginger’s daughter. Both accounts are examples of accounts that have been embraced by Kimberly Smiley (an educator), her husband (a high school coach) and their family members and friends.
It is offensive and despicable that educators would engage in such conduct – The prom is a special day in every young girl’s life. To have your prom photo taken by someone who claims to be a teacher and told to “step away from the food” and “enroll in weight watchers” is vile, despicable and the worst sort of harassment.
What is equally offensive are the persons who have come to Kimberly Smiley’s defense by claiming Smiley was justified because of her conflict with the girl’s mother. If only the defenders were in a position where their twitter critics decided to post their children’s photos on social media with equally vile captions, would their reactions be “Well, I deserved it because of the things I said to their parents?” The answer is a resounding NO.
There is a distinction between adults trading insults, vile or otherwise, even when wishing Ginger’s family members dead:
and resorting to posting Ginger’s kid with a caption regarding her weight.
Society holds educators and teachers to a higher standard because the educators are entrusted with the care of OUR children – their academic, emotional and psychological development.
How exactly does Educator Kimberly Smiley justify turning a special day in a young girl’s life – her prom – into a social media nightmare? There is no justification.
You are wrong Mrs Smiley, “EM” does not deserve the pain that you inflicted.
Update: Recently a woman close to Kim Smiley was asked to remove the photograph of Ginger’s daughter. She promptly deleted the photograph. Kim Smiley tweeted the following to her:
Teacher Smiley shows no remorse or contrition for ridiculing the teenager. In fact, she continues to justify the indefensible.
As soon as Smiley communicated with another friend of hers,”Marla” changed her profile photograph to use Ginger’s daughter’s photograph as her twitter profile.
When pressured to remove the photograph, a troll twitter account known for it’s vile and nasty attacks on Leanne Rimes, Ginger, her daughter (see above) and anyone who tweets with Rimes or Ginger, tweeted that I am an idiot.
We suspected that the troll account was connected to the Smiley family. The troll account was asked the following:
Immediately, Sean Smiley, Kim Smiley’s husband responded as follows:
Sean Smiley outed his daughter’s nasty vile troll account! Apparently, he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.
When Sean was asked what he thought of a Teacher posting a Teenager’s prom photograph to ridicule her weight, he was unresponsive and evasive, making light of the situation at times:
Sean Smiley finally responded that the Teenager’s mother posted a photograph of his kids (apparently that was supposed to justify a Teacher posting to ridicule a teenager’s weight, but let’s continue):
I asked to see the elusive photo since many have mentioned yet no one have produced same. Odd, since Ginger’s every tweet is extensively documented by “Smiley’s Army” as they are commonly known on twitter. Sean resisted attempts to produce, indicating that “he was over it.” Over it? The only reason given to justify the post and he was “over it” when asked to prove it?
When he realized how absurd he sounded, he reluctantly agreed to have his wife DM me the elusive photograph and in return I agreed not to release or post the photo without their consent:
Contrary to Smiley’s representation, no photograph was produced. In fact on May 22, 2014, Sean Smiley claimed there is no photograph while cracking jokes and making light of what his Teacher wife did to a Teenager.
Then Sean Smiley proceeded to laugh, joke, accuse and flood my twitter time line with explicit and violent rap lyrics.
What does Sean Smiley do for a living you may ask? He claims to be a teacher. But that’s debatable.