Monday, May 19, 2008
Hi I'm Joe Hyland. I am a senior at Grand Heights High School. I am on the football and basketball teams. I think that is is crazy that students can get in trouble with the school for what they have on the internet. It is not the school's job to go online and look through the internet at students' private lives and punish them for it. The school can not prove that you were drinking alcohol just because you have a picture on Facebook of you with a red cup in your hands. I have such a strong opinion on this issue because the best player on out football team was suspended for two weeks for having pictures of himself drinking on Facebook. This suspension hurt our team badly and we lost one of the games that he didn't take part in. This ruined our chances of being the first seed in the section. There is also a kid on my football team that posted naked pictures of his girlfriend on Facebook. He was punished by the school for this. I don't think it is okay for the school to punish him. I do think that his girlfriend should have slapped him pretty hard and broken up with him. I also heard that some parents in Oregon got in trouble for being in pictures on Facebook that showed minors drinking in them. "They're going to find it," one of the parents said about alcohol, "They're going to go elsewhere." I think these parents are right. They probably were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and got in a picture. I really don't think it is ok for the school to get involved with the private lives of students, especially pictures on the internet. If kids are not caught in the act, they should not be able to be punished.