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Haunting tweet

February 25, 2014 - Jodelle Greiner
It sounds like a bad joke: Have you heard the one about the kid who got suspended for tweeting two words online?

But it’s not a joke; it’s reality.

A Minneapolis high school senior tweeted two words in answer to a question, indicating an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. He said it was a joke, and the teacher has been cleared of any wrong-doing, but the teenager faced a 7-week suspension for violating the school district’s conduct code for social media, and recently chose to transfer to another school district, according to the Associated Press.

“The local police chief initially said (the teenager) could be charged with felony defamation, but the Hennepin County attorney's office said that after reviewing the police report, it determined that (he) hadn't committed a crime,” according to the AP.

And that’s just for two words.

It’s a cautionary tale for those who develop diarrhea of the keyboard and hit send before thinking through what they’ve just typed. Really think about what you’re about to post, because no matter what, it can come back to haunt you.

 
 

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