Twitter was created in March of 2006 by Jack Dorsey, and around 2008 is when it really started taking off with around 3 million users (source). I remember first hearing about it in my New Media Communications 101 class. I thought it sounded kind of stupid, but I eventually was persuaded. Today there are almost 500 million users, which is an insane amount.
One thing people had to start learning when social networks became big is that anyone can read what you write out there. Even when people have them set onto private, certain people can still read your stuff. Austin Carroll, a high school student in Indiana learned this the hard way.
According to The Huffington Post’s article, Carroll dropped several F-bombs in his tweet, trying to show his followers that the word can fit in anywhere. Now, I am not a big fan of cussing on social networking sites, but I feel if you want to do it, you have every right to.
A few days later, however, Carroll was expelled from his high school for this. Yes, expelled. For a tweet he sent on his own time, at his own house. I was shocked when I read this. According to the First Amendment, we are suppose to have freedom of speech. If Carroll had directed this tweet at a student, or done it on a school computer, I could kind of see where they were coming from. But, he did this at his own house. How in the world did they have the right to expel him?
According to the article, “His mother, Pam Smith, believes it was in retaliation for her son’s previous misbehavior, which included a suspension earlier in March for violating the dress code by wearing a kilt to school and a suspension last fall for using the same expletive on a school computer. Then on March 16, her son tweeted the F-word again.”
They might have seen this as a way to expel someone that has been causing some trouble. However, I still do not think it is right. If you would like to read more about this, you can click here.
Let me know what you guys think on this issue!