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.