Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Facebook Threats At Schaghticoke Middle School

The incident was described in a News-Times Editorial on October 14.  "Here is what happened: The eighth-grade boy posted on his Facebook page: "I swear to God I'm going to kill, Mr. (name, expletive)." The girl responded: "Let's bomb the school together."

The Editorial is critical of what it perceives as the meddling by the School Administration into private, off-campus matters and pleads the case for a nice get-together to chat about the comments and to turn the wrong into a nice lesson for the tots: "...Facebook, and other social media, are not at all private."  Tea and crumpets, anyone?

Is that really the lesson?  Or is it, "This behavior is never acceptable?"

I have a recommendation for a way to positively send this message home in a manner that these dopey kids would never forget.  And no, unfortunately, corporal punishment isn't an option.  Take them up to Police HQ and lock them in a jail cell for a few hours.  Make sure the doors slam closed.    

Is the News-Times kidding?  In this day and age, how do you ever know what's serious and what's not?  What would have happened if the parents had not come forward and these stupid kids actually tried to do something dumb to Vice-Principal Gerald Robinson?   The parents who reported the posts absolutely did the right thing and the School Administration had to act quickly and decisively.  It's the law.  And invading the students' privacy?  This is a necessary evil given the state of world affairs and one that has been justifiedly and increasingly accepted by courts all over the Country.

Shame on you, News-Times.

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