How Not To Respond To MySpace Stupidity
from the overreaction-central dept
It's no secret that many schools are struggling with the question of how to deal with MySpace. A lot of parents have been freaking out, and that's crossed over into schools -- many of which have tried to ban the use of MySpace, teaching kids a great lesson in how to overreact and try to bury or ignore issues, rather than learning to deal with them. The latest story, though, shows just how ridiculous the overreaction can get. A student who clearly has some other issues to deal with posted a MySpace group designed specifically around his hatred for a particular girl. It was definitely over-the-top, and the student was suspended and the school is trying to expel him. However, the school also suspended 20 students who just looked at the page. Not only were these students suspended for actions done completely outside of school, it seems somewhat silly to suspend students just for looking at a website (especially as many had no idea what they were looking at until they got there). What kind of lesson is this teaching kids?