Don't Blame Facebook For Some Kids Beating Up Another Student
from the missing-the-point dept
Pickle Monger alerts us to a CNN story suggesting that a Facebook group “may have lead to the beating of a 12-year-old” boy. Really? Facebook could do that rather than a group of kids who are bullies? The “group” in question was apparently a group (potentially inspired by a South Park episode) for a national “kick a ginger” (redhead) day. There was actually some controversy about this last year as well. It seems bizarre to blame Facebook (or, for that matter, South Park) for this at all, and so Pickle Monger went and checked out the actual Facebook group and noted: “There doesn’t seem to be any outrageous comments. In fact most comments are in good humor, some by readheads. The event has one confirmed guest – assumingly the creator, who seems to be readheaded (assuming it’s his photo on the profile). The event has two people awaiting reply.” Kids do stupid things, and sometimes the stupid things they do involve hitting other kids. That’s not the fault of Facebook.