Internet Offers Soapbox for Vengeful Students


From New York to California, students are facing suspension, expulsion and even criminal charges for online spoofs targeted at teachers and school officials, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In Florida, a high school English teacher sued a student who she said posted her picture online, along with sexually explicit comments. This month, some Coon Rapids, Minn., middle-schoolers got a bogus e-mail purportedly from one of their teachers, inviting them to visit him on MySpace.

When they clicked on the link to the popular networking site, they were taken to a Web page filled with pornography and hate speech. A student with a grudge — or playing a misguided joke — can put out a damaging message to thousands of people. With the Internet, adolescents have a powerful megaphone.


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