A Wichita, Kansas high school student was suspended for tweeting. That must have been a very bad tweet huh? He must have posted a naked picture of himself right? No? A sexually explicit picture? No? A picture of a naked girl? No? Then he must have used explicit language then huh? No? Ok, then he had to of called a teacher or faculty member stupid? No?? What the heck did he do? He tweeted the following “‘Heights U’ is equivalent to WSU’s football.” WHAT?? Call the parents! Expel him! Never let him step foot in a public school again!
You have freaking got to be kidding me. What has our country come to? If this kid was on the school newspaper and wrote an editorial article spelling out how the football team sucked for the whole school to read, it would have been fine. But, he tweets out a single sentence that doesn’t use any swear words and he is suspended? What ever happened to free speech rights? You can’t express your opinion anymore just because Twitter is “louder” and reaches more people? Are we so sensitive now that we can’t take any type of critique or joke or comment? Apparently so.
I should not be surprised though. This might all stem from our sue happy culture. The slightest thing goes wrong, we file a lawsuit claiming some stupid damage and thus demanding money. This has been happening for years, and is definitely part of the reason that our health care costs are so high (though there are so many more reasons than that.) This also comes from the school of David Stern. For years he has been fining NBA players for the slightest negative comment towards officiating, whether it be in interviews or tweets. You cannot say one negative thing about a referee or you are docked some pay. Apparently Stern has been going around the country giving talks because it seems like everyone is now overreacting in the same way. Kids are being suspended for doing a dance and putting it online. Or tweeting something that some adults in charge deem to be hurtful to their feelings.
Now, I will grant you that I do not know the whole story here. For all I know, this kid could have been warned numerous times not to tweet. (Although even if he was warned, this tweet was not even close to inflammatory. Would he have been suspended if he said he didn’t like the sun? Or that the schools colors were stupid?) Or he might have done something else, and this was finally crossing the line. But, this tweet deserved a suspension? These “adults” in charge of the school have way too much power. A suspension looks so bad on a high school kid’s record. You could be affecting the rest of this kid’s life if he can’t get into college, or even a good college. You are telling me that this stupid, innocent tweet is as serious a “crime” as fighting? Or vandalizing the school? Really? Something is seriously wrong here. I really hope that his parents are as sue happy as the rest of our nation so that they can file a lawsuit to remove this suspension from his record. Sometimes I am so embarrassed for our country.