Atlanta Students Expelled for Facebook Posting

Three Atlanta students have been either suspended or expelled for posting unflattering remarks about one of their teachers on their Facebook pages. “Twelve-year-old Alejandra Sosa said she regretted posting a Facebook status calling one of her teachers at Chapel Hill Middle School a pedophile. The comment got the honor roll student suspended for 10 days and she is now facing expulsion. I was just expressing myself on Facebook, because like I said I was mad that day because of what he [did]. So, I mean I had no intentions of ruining his reputation,” said Sosa. I shouldn’t have done it,” said student William Lambert, III. Because I could have still been at school, like right now, if I never had commented on the post. Lambert, a seventh grader, was also suspended for calling the same teacher a rapist. The honor student’s father said he didn’t condone the comment but believes that what’s done in the privacy of one’s home should not be the subject of disciplinary action at school. “Because it is a privacy issue. When you’re at home on your computer, a lot of people say a lot of things on Facebook, about a lot of people, including our president, including senators, governors. [I think] the school should write the rules of Facebook into their policy before they try to take rules out of context,” said Lambert’s father, William Lambert, Jr.” My question is does the father have a point is this a privacy issue? Also even though the children say they did not seek to damage the teacher’s reputation didn’t they? Lastly do you think the father is simply trying to give his son a pass? Tell me what you think.

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  • astuartgirl  On March 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    It would have been a privacy issue if it was send in a message but once they put it on an open forum for everyone to read, it became public domain … it is the same thing if they were holding signs and shouting it on a street corner.

    • Tammie  On March 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Do you not know f the supreme court ruling just done the other day? It was ruled it was ok for members of a church to stand outside soldiers funerals holding signs that were despicable to many Americans!!

  • conquerer  On March 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Once again a parent makes excuses for a child doing something wrong. Very typical of parents today. These teachers were besmirked by these kids and these kids should be punished by expulsion. They have to learn somehow what is right or wrong in our society before they reach adulthood and wreak havoc on someone else.

    • Tammie  On March 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      There is a such thing as 1st amendment ESPECIALLY when a student is at home. It has NOTHING to do with a parent not making a child take responsibility

      • Etienne  On March 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        You might want to brush up on your understanding of the Bill of Rights, Tammie. Slander and libel – i.e. demonstrably false, malicious spoken or written statements are NOT protected as free speech under the 1st Amendment!

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