At the school I worked at, like many other schools, we would occasionally hear via email about faculty members going through difficult times, especially when it meant they were out of the building for a while. Some staff members might hit Reply All say something consoling, but it was almost always professional. You knew in the back of your head that your emails could theoretically go public at anytime. You were a government employee — that’s how it worked.
At A.I. Root Middle School in Medina, Ohio, to deal with similar issues, the faculty members started an email prayer chain instead. Even the principal participated.
You can see the problem with that. Lots of religion going through a public school, an implicit promotion of Christianity by staff members and administrators, pressure on faculty members to continue the chain before they were seen in a bad light by their superiors…