At least one male student was suspended by Maryland's Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School for his role in creating a list of female classmates that rated them based on their looks. The list reportedly had been circulating among boys at the school for a year before a female student saw it on a laptop that had been left open and reported it. "This incident has been very upsetting for students, staff and families. B-CC High School has no tolerance for bullying," Principal Donna Jones said in a letter to parents and students.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."