06 Mar

ZDNet – Students suspended, expelled over Facebook posts

Two students have been suspended, and one student has been expelled, over negative Facebook postings they made about a teacher. The individuals are in seventh grade at Chapel Hill Middle School, meaning they are either 12 or 13 years old, according to My Fox Atlanta. The children are accused of violating a portion of the school code that is a “level one” offense, the worst possible: “Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting” allegations of inappropriate behavior by a school employee toward a student, according to AJC.

via ZDNet – Students suspended, expelled over Facebook posts. The worst part of the whole process is the fact that the students were forced to log onto their Facebook accounts at school. I’m not even sure how the principal could logically dictate that a student be forced to log onto their account. (Side Note: this once again pushes me to argue for using tools like 1Password for storing passwords, unless installed on that computer or your mobile phone no one can ever force you log in, when you don’t know or have access to the password.) The school shouldn’t have a right to dictate what students due in the privacy of their online accounts or in their free time.