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HS Honor Student Suspended over a Tweet...

Started 1362430836.22 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1362506890.597 by cindychats

Here in WNY, a senior High school honor student and his friends were removed from the stands at their school's hockey game for being disruptive.

The student posted a tweet: "F...Mrs. Teacher. Why did she do this?"

He was suspended for a week.

Of course his parents went to the local press and are angry about the suspension.

Was the school correct? or was the boy exercising his First Amendment rights?

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Topaz Gem1362431027.36315497 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New Hampshire

IMO, sending a Tweet during school hours is akin to my generation being caught passing a note during class. Because it is about a staff member, perhaps the school thinks it appropriate to intervene. Kids that age should understand what is good and bad behavior, and typing F... Mrs. Teacher is inappropriate.

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redtabby1362431046.4373628 PostsRegistered 8/18/2005
The first amendment only says that the federal government cannot restrict speech. It does not include schools or qvc forums. However, I don't think the school should have suspended him.

terrier31362431352.10724283 PostsRegistered 7/13/2007

The school said that the interest in the tweet disupted classes and the teacher was very upset too.

He was suspended for the disruption as much as for what he cursed about in the tweet.

This made it to USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/1921287/student-suspended-for-tweeting-about-teacher/

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Photo Don­na1362431683.39313983 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs

all I can say is I am very happy the Internet was not around when I was in high school -- whew!

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Juju Squee­zy1362431923.091993 PostsRegistered 9/4/2012

Their game their rules and good for them.

NoelSeven1362431985.7415356 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010
On 3/4/2013 terrier2 said:

The school said that the interest in the tweet disupted classes and the teacher was very upset too.

He was suspended for the disruption as much as for what he cursed about in the tweet.

This made it to USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/1921287/student-suspended-for-tweeting-about-teacher/

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From what's known, I agree with the suspension.

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wagnerdanc­er1362432264.0374636 PostsRegistered 4/28/2008

He was disrespectful. Yes, he definitely should have been suspended. Honor student or not - he shows no respect and is very lacking in self-control and good behavior. These things go hand in hand with good grades.

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x-x-o-o1362432286.5971131 PostsRegistered 7/24/2006

I agree with the suspension.

x-x-o-o1362432346.2731131 PostsRegistered 7/24/2006
On 3/4/2013 wagnerdancer said:

He was disrespectful. Yes, he definitely should have been suspended. Honor student or not - he shows no respect and is very lacking in self-control and good behavior. These things go hand in hand with good grades.

{#emotions_dlg.thumbup1} well said!

12andcount­ing1362432372.9134385 PostsRegistered 2/16/2009

I definitely agree with the suspension.

SoX1362432450.277417 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009
On 3/4/2013 Juju Squeezy said:

Their game their rules and good for them.

Absolutely ... and shame on the parents for running to the papers.

nunya1362432616.3179075 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006

He tweeted it, he can own it.

mareandasp­are1362432956.3575102 PostsRegistered 3/21/2007

I agree with the suspension....and at home I'd make him sing for his supper too{#emotions_dlg.mad}

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clemintine1362434830.63718191 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

not a tweeter

can you 'un' tweet something....and then tweet an apology?

honor student means your smart, not that you don't do dumb things.....

(and most basketball games are 'after hours'....not during school)

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biancardi1362434896.43746521 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005
On 3/4/2013 clemintine said:

not a tweeter

can you 'un' tweet something....and then tweet an apology?

honor student means your smart, not that you don't do dumb things.....

yes, you can delete your tweet, but I am not sure what happens if someone reposts your tweet before you delete it and then there are screen shots that folks do as well.

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lulu21362435074.16320766 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I agree with a suspension, just not the length. In this case 2 days would have been enough. 5 days is a lot to make up. The burden will fall on this student's teachers.

He can across in this interview as an arrogant twit.

straykatz1362435083.2778330 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007

This is what happens when people need to post on FB or Tweet their every waking thought and move.

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PpprMintPa­tty1362435239.3618644 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007Outside our Nation's Capitol

If he was my child, that would have been the least of his worries.{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

Too bad, so sad...bad behavior has consequences. The sooner you learn that, the easier life will be.

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kdgn1362435492.8612892 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

He's an honor student with no common sense. When will kids (and adults) learn that just because it's something they think doesn't mean they should let their fingers do the talking.

It's the new age. Be careful what you tweet. He hasn't learned that yet.

missyw11362435585.02332020 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

Yes, he should be suspended. Social media is getting people in trouble more and more.

Luv2Decora­te1362435846.2976170 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

I don't know if what the kids were doing in the stands merited them being kicked out of the game or not. I was not there. I think the suspension was too long, I did not witness to what transpired, who really knows?

Kids need to learn that they can't just write whatever comes to mind. They haven't learned how to filter what they might be thinking is not appropriate to pass along via Twitter/Facebook.

It's one thing that parents haven't taught their kids. I agree with Photo Donna, I'm so thankful that this wasn't around when I was a teen. It's hard enough to grow up, add this to the mix and wowza!

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ivey1362437858.1132901 PostsRegistered 6/25/2007

O/T Kids these days will really push the limits. Before I retired from teaching high school, one of the students in an Advanced Placement English class decided to write a major essay on something really unsavory. And, of course, he waited until the last minute to turn it in. My friend, the teacher, told him she would not read it nor grade it. It did not meet the standards spelled out when she gave the assignment. (It was pure trash).

Wouldn't you know--the parents made a big deal about it--clear to the Central Administraton. I can't even give you the subject matter in polite company. Why would parents think they could insist that it be graded?

Central Administration told them that there was no way any employee was grading that trash. They did tell the parents that he could write another paper, but he was going to have do it very quickly.

happy hous­ewife1362438225.54329941 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

If i found out my kid was texting the F word - no matter what his age - he wouldn't be sitting down for a while. Being suspended would be the least of his problems. I guess these parents are upset with the school - they should place that emotion onto the kid so he learns better behavior.

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TrackerGal1362438226.73323626 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007

If the parents aren't going to teach this lad some respect, I guess it falls on the school to.

violann1362438374.1412097 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
An honor student should presumably have the vocabulary and creativity to express himself appropriately. What defense did his doting parents offer?

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