Private School Facebook Scandal

Mrs. - posted on 11/27/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Came across this article about the facebook scandal at Choate's (upscale boarding school that JFK and several other famous privileged people have gone to). Basically, a very long thread was started in a Mean Girls burn book type fashion. The students were expelled and there is now a serious mark on their academic records.



Do you think they should have been expelled? Do you think people are becoming too sensitive about cyber bullying and taking it to the other extreme (becoming so vigilant someone says something slightly offensive that people are become victimized by the vigilance)? Did the punishment match the crime?





Check it out:



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JuLeah - posted on 11/28/2010

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The juxtaposition of the money/famous names and behavioral issues led me to think that, had this happened (as it does every day) in a lower income public school, no one would care.

Yes, it ought to have been shut down. It ought never to have gotten started. Why did the school allow access to fb in the first place?

We raise these kids to act exactly as they do then get upset when they act as they do.

Lacye - posted on 11/27/2010

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I think that was the perfect punishment. They should have been expelled. They were drinking under age, harassing other students. Yes. They got what they deserved.

Stifler's - posted on 11/27/2010

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Cyber bullying is a serious crime. Before it was termed "bullying" which IMO juvenilises the crime it was called "harassment" or "defamation" which has ALWAYS been illegal!!

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Mrs. - posted on 11/28/2010

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Your school had cyber bullying policies 15 years ago?

Whelp, who knows what would happen at a lower income less high profile school...you know one where the press and community might not be able to make an example of a very hot in the media topic that may not be as hot say, a year from now?

It is possible to say you don't like cyber bullying but its might be a possibility that individual circumstances don't always fall into a category that merits getting kick out of school. Just saying.

Isobel - posted on 11/28/2010

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I can buy that we're only hearing about it because it's a famous school...but I think it's pretty common for schools to have strict bullying policies now. I know my kids' school has one.

Mrs. - posted on 11/28/2010

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Agree with that JuLeah. I really don't think the same thing would have happened at a lower income school.

Isobel - posted on 11/28/2010

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and I don't think it's REALLY private when all you need is the password and it's a "must read" in all the New England dorms.

Mrs. - posted on 11/28/2010

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I agree Petra. I know it's a private school with its own charter of rules but I wonder if this is a case of over reaction.

We all know the whole internet bullying thing is a real hot issue in the news. I just wonder if, a few months from now when it is not such a hot topic, would this be dealt with the same way?

Petra - posted on 11/28/2010

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I don't think they should have been expelled. From reading the article, it sounds like the gossip was in a closed email account, not accessible to the general public, and not really cyber bullying. Basically, the gossipers were gossiping privately together. Sounds like borderline invasion of privacy to me. To be expelled for drinking and drugs, you have to be caught with drinking and drugs, not admitting to past use. I'd be one of the parents fighting the school administration over this.

Sharon - posted on 11/27/2010

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I think it depends.

Its a private school. Some of those private schools have a public charter they make everyone promise to adhere to. If this school has that then the students have EVERY reason to EXPECT to be expelled.

They are kids in highschool. A very high profile, recognised highschool.

The drinking and drugs - reason to expell at any highschool. they didn't illegally test them, they freely & publicly admitted to it. If they want to deny it now, they need to pass a hair test because they are suspect due to their own words.

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