We had a great chat with some of the folks at ISTE about the DOPA issue on Friday(Amongst other things). They agreed with what I understand is the general community opinion, “if we don’t teach them safe social networking in schools, who will?” There is a significant literacy gap between children today and their parents…. It was easy enough, fifty years ago, to explain that walking down dark alleys, in the middle of the night, holding a hundred bucks over your head wearing a bikini in November was asking for trouble. Or, for instance, that saying you wanted to do bodily harm to a public figure on the radio was not a good career move.
Enter the internet.
Enter the trials and tribulations of one Julia Wilson. She was visited by two secret service agents on Wednesday who visited her at her place of daily travail. She was hard at work and was pulled from the room and “yelled at me a lot” and threatened with incarceration. Apparently she had threatened to ‘Kill Bush’ on a very popular social networking site that you will find in the title of this post.
Catch is… Julia is a 14-year-old freshman at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School.
This SFGate article details the “unnecessarily mean” way she was treated by the agents. You’ll notice this key line inside the article “She replaced the page last spring after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.”
wow. talk about the standard issue kicking in your door.
They take her OUT of class, question her in private, scare the crap out of her and then send her back in. Beside the obvious didactic opportunity lost, does it not seem odd that the plan for dealing with kids posting inappropriate stuff online (and i certainly am not condoning her actions) is to send SECRET SERVICE AGENTS?!?
just wow. that is all.