Indiana High School Student Expelled for Tweeting Foul Language, Says it Wasn't Posted at School
March 28, 2012 8:53 AM
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Austin Carroll was expelled for posting profanity on Twitter
The student said he posted it during non-school hours, but the school's computer tracking system says otherwise
An Indiana high school student was expelled for posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter, possibly during non-school hours.
Austin Carroll, a former senior at Garrett High School in Garrett, Indiana, recently posted a tweet that used the F-word five times. But it's no big deal, since Twitter is a non-school-related account and the tweet was posted after school hours, right? Wrong.
Garrett High School's computer system is capable of
tracking its students' social media sites on the Internet
. According to
, the tweet was posted at 2:30 a.m. -- clearly outside of school hours -- but even though Carroll tweeted from home, Garrett High School's computer system could have recognized the tweet when he logged in again at school.
The tweet in question is the following, where all BEEPs are actually F-words: "BEEP is one of those BEEP words you can BEEP put anywhere in a BEEP sentence and it still BEEP make sense."
Carroll claims the tweet was posted from home, but the school claims it was posted from Garrett High School. Carroll lost this battle and was expelled with three months left of his senior year.
"If my account is on my own personal account, I don't think the school or anybody should be looking at it," said Carroll. "Because
it's my own personal stuff
and it's none of their business. I didn't post the thing at school but their computer is saying that I did post it, and I shouldn't be getting in trouble for stuff I did on my own time, on my own computer."
Carroll will now finish his senior year at an alternative school, where he will still receive his diploma. However, other students at Garrett High School are not ready to back down quite yet. Some students tried to protest Carroll's expulsion, but local police made sure to stop them quickly.
"I totally didn't agree with what Austin said but I didn't agree with an expulsion either," said Carroll's mother. "I mean if they suspended him for 3 days or something, I would be fine with that but to kick him out of school, his senior year, 3 months to go, wrong."
It seems schools and the government are both getting a bit invasive when it comes to social media sites, since a recent
report described how government agencies and colleges are
asking applicants/students to log onto Facebook pages
and other social networks during interviews.
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RE: Think about it...
3/28/2012 1:02:42 PM
And why doesn't the school block twitter? And why does a twitter account have any baring on school business? It doesn't. Nor does swearing on a PRIVATE internet account have anything to do with school business. Expulsion for swearing is well beyond and outside the realm of reason. That has nothing to do with education or keeping a constructive educational environment, as it was posted on an internet site not said in the school or slapped up as fliers on the walls. What good can possibly come of this?
If the school really doesn't want twitter loading, then it can simply block it; that's the school's responsibility. There shouldn't be warning to students about going to twitter, there should simply be an outright internet block on the school computers. Even my high school back in the wild era of web 1.0 was smart and savvy enough to do that! No punishment necessary, just block the site.
So, try to justify this madness; nothing more about the story could possibly be added unless he broke into the school at 2:30am to post this--then it would be the breaking and entering that lead to expulsion not the PRIVATE twitter account.
RE: Think about it...
3/29/2012 12:43:14 PM
Bet you the school wants Twitter accessible so it can spy on its students better. If the kids log in to Twitter or Facebook, bam, the school has access to all of that because it's through the school's connection, even if it's private.
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