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Student Suspended For 23 Days, Questioned by Police for Joking About Bomb Threat on Facebook

Joked about a false alarm bomb threat that happened that day

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A ninth-grader at a high school in Springettsbury, Pennsylvania, was suspended for 10 days, and then an additional 13 days, for joking in a Facebook post about a bomb threat. The offending post, in its entirety, was: "Plot twist: They don't find the bomb and it goes off tomorrow." A lawsuit by the student's family, which does not name the student, claims he put the Facebook post up after coming home and that it was his "expression of anxiety regarding the bomb threat and a misplaced attempt at humor," as reported by PennLive.com. Nevertheless, school district administrators found the comment neither humorous nor outside their purview. The local news website reports:

According to the suit, after learning of the post school officials contacted the boy's father and tracked down the student at an away football game at Red Lion High School.

After meeting with the teen at the game, Superintendent Michael Snell imposed a 10-day suspension, pending further investigation, the suit states. Two weeks later, following a disciplinary hearing, the teen was hit with an additional 13-day suspension.

He also was questioned by Springettsbury Township police, who did not file criminal charges, according to the suit.

Kudos to the cops, at least, for recognizing no crime was committed there; that's not always a given. The family argues in their lawsuit that the school violated their son's constitutional rights, and that "vague and over broad policies prohibit and chill speech that is protected by the First Amendment." And there ought to be zero tolerance for that.

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  1. Two weeks later, following a disciplinary hearing, the teen was hit with an additional 13-day suspension.

    This makes me think he didn’t adopt the proper remorse and deference the school officials expected in a meeting such as this. This makes me like the kid more.

  2. And people ask me why I never use Facebook or Twitter

    1. Why do you never use Facebook? Or Twitter, for that matter?

      1. Because of all the bomb threats…

  3. After meeting with the teen at the game, Superintendent Michael Snell imposed a 10-day suspension, pending further investigation, the suit states.

    I would be interested the lad’s attitude during that meeting. With the superintendent. At an away football game. About a Facebook joke. I’m guessing it was a tad too incredulous.

  4. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that some school administrators think it’s their business what students put on their Facebook pages. I’m trying really hard, and I just don’t see it.

    1. Hey, if college administrators are competent to adjudicate “sexual assault” cases, then HS administrators are eminently qualified for censorship.

    2. What is the over/under before some school administrator learns how to use Google translate and suspends a kid from his district who is doing a year overseas in some foreign exchange program?

      I’m with you. How the fuck is what a kid does off school grounds (or even on school grounds, but after school hours) the business of any school admin?

      1. Oops, I meant that the kid would be overseas and post something racy or stupid and the school admin would decide to suspend them because it was “detrimental” to school discipline back in the home district.

  5. President terrorist threat bombs nukes chemical weapons Hamas Palestine murder death kill Obama Biden assassination NSA CIA FBI sniper murder Reason illegal drugs immigrants WARTY!

    1. You forgot “bossy”.

  6. He even “asked his parents to explore alternatives to the district for his education,” the suit states.

    What a difference vouchers would make. You want to treat your customers like this? We’ll take our education dollars elsewhere.

  7. Kids need to get the hell off Facebook and learn to use IRC *shakes cane*

  8. Didn’t “Bong hit 4 Jesus” make it clear that students are the property of the public schools and as such, have no rights?

    1. Warren|3.15.14 @ 10:27AM|#

      Didn’t “Bong hit 4 Jesus” make it clear that students are the property of the public schools and as such, have no rights?

      Possessed objects have no “rights”, nor free will… except for guns.. Guns live to kill… It’s all they think about… Oh, and bathsaltz..

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