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Whereas Facebook is a place for privately masturbating over your best female friend's bikini pictures, Twitter has become the place where you publicly bash everyone and everything you hate. For people who've forgotten that all your information is available on the Internet, and that every stupid thing your little monkey brain can fart into 140 characters or less becomes public information, Twitter has become a hotbed of controversy. And that bed is en fuego for North Carolina high-school students being suspended over their posts on the social-networking site. One of the students compared the school's principal to Hitler, and, chances are, he wasn't praising the principal of Forestview High for his dedicated vegetarian diet or distaste for cigarettes. Frankly, I suspect he was bringing up the bad things associated with Hitler.
After a large fight broke out at the school, officials reportedly singled students out, had them log into their Twitter accounts and read their tweets out loud — this is apparently the incident that warranted the Hitler comparison.
“I don’t think they should be able to go through anybody’s tweets." said Pat Harris. Harris went on to say that his third-period class held talks regarding freedom of speech, which puts him in the minority of teenagers, apparently — First Amendment experts say that many students aren't aware of their right to free speech, meaning that many violations go unchecked. “It’s not like students have anybody telling them what their civil rights are,” said Adam Goldstein, attorney for the Student Press Law Center.
Of course, if school officials are tackling the aggregated internet idiocy of hundreds of high-school kids, they're going to wade through an Olympic-sized swimming pool of bullshit, misspellings, and probably about a hundred more examples of Godwin's Law, so maybe they'll realize this is more trouble than it's worth and back off.
Then again, last Wednesday, a student was suspended after making a bomb threat to the school over Twitter. Christ, what happened to the good old days when kids would just draw pictures of male genitalia all over the bathroom walls and call each other gay? Now they're threatening murder over the internet? Oh, the humanity.