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Teenager Expelled for Tweeting the F Word

Schools and communities across the nation are working hard to repairs the damaged educations system and to simply keep kids in school. Slowly but surely some of it’s working. Our nations’ drop out rate is improving, which is good news our nations suddenly finds itself with expulsion and suspension rates at crisis levels.

Though experts have been trying to figure out why we’ve reached crisis levels, I say we need look no further than schools such as Garrett High School, in Indiana. Garrett High is a 600-student school where younger students are given iPads while older ones are sent home with MacBooks. Not exactly your run of the mill middle class neighborhood school.

Don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a great school.

At least not in the eyes of 17-year old senior Austin Carroll who recently found himself expelled from Garrett High. Not for brandishing a weapon, assaulting anyone, defacing property, or even talking back to a teacher. Heck, Austin didn’t even do anything cool like hack into the school’s computer system to change a grade or anything (ala Ferris Bueller).

He tweeted the F— word. Yes, you know the one. He didn’t just tweet the F— word, but he tweeted it from his personal account, from his room around 2:30 in the morning.

That’s it. That’s all he did, now he’s booted from school with only three months left of his senior year. No grad night, graduation with his friends, senior prom and all the other thing a teenager has earned by the end of their senior year.

The school claims that the tweet was made from the school computer, but all evidence (especially the time of tweet) seems to prove Austin’s claim that he tweeted from home on his own computer.

Of course I don’t know this boy at all, my opinion is solely based on a couple of article I read and an interview I saw on the news. I have to say, he seems like a good kid. Not that it matters, because I really can’t see why tweeting the f— word would be grounds for expulsion in any circumstances.

I knew kids who got caught spray painting the f— word and didn’t get suspended.

Now I can see maybe giving this kid a small lesson in internet rules of conduct. That lesson being, what you put out there on the internet for the public to see, is seen by the public. Even people you may not want to see it.

But aside from a talking to, this boy should not have been reprimanded at all. The f— certainly shouldn’t cost him the end of his senior year.

Shame on YOU Garrett High administration. Shame on you all.

So dear experts wondering why we have a sudden increase in expulsions, you may want to ask twitter.

Also? Thank goodness using the f— word wasn’t ground for expulsion when I was in high school. Let’s just say I would’ve been f—ed.

  • sara

    This is insane. I remember my senior year in high school I wrote an essay for my English class all about why the f-word is awesome and people should say it more…my teacher loved it! (As I recall it was all cited with various sources that I felt defended my position and everything!) I was a very straight-laced nerdy type and I think she saw it as me coming out of my shell a bit. Of course I eventually got over my delight in using bad language as much as possible, as most teenagers do. I think schools should keep in mind that if this is the way kids are rebelling – well, that's much healthier than other options like drugs or sex! Most kids are going to rebel in at least some small way, much better to have it be by saying some words that people find shocking.

    This story totally feels like 1984 – you can't totally control every aspect of kids' lives from the school! Since it occurred at home, it should be 100% up to the parents to decide what, if any, punishment will be given.

  • Peter Schott

    Sounds like another zero-tolerance policy in effect. Yeah – that's pretty bad. We would have had about 1/4 of our graduating class expelled for a policy like that. Now if he'd used the school's computer, I can see it going into a little more than a talking to, but not to the point of expulsion. I'm not going to condone the language, but I'd still say this is overkill for a consequence for a one-time infraction.

  • berry

    Lol. Another good reason not send my son to public schools.

  • Daku Mansingh

    Just some crazy idiots who think they can control the students in school. I am sure others will find another way for rebellion.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mary.mcquirt1 Mary Mcquirt

    Schools cannot control what goes on in a home. That being said maybe the language should be tamed a little in all of our lives.

    • Jennifer

      Yes! What goes on at home should not be controlled by the school. What goes on in school is up to them – not what happens outside of it.

    • Geo

      Well said, Mary.

  • robert

    Lenny Bruce's was arrested for saying the f-word in 66, Carlin made fun of it in 72 with the 7 dirty words and all these years later we still take offense………sigh, and it appears the school had an agenda so hopefully we'll soon learn the whole truth

  • luckylady47

    OH please like kids these days have never dropped an F* Bomb before , I even hear little kids saying it,we hear it all the time in music , on tv , on satellite radio , and on the internet , the schools have more important things to worry about other than a student saying the Fword. Give me a break.

  • Tari Lawson

    I agree that expulsion for this offense is ridiculous. Just another case of zero tolerance gone array. I do think that if the child sent the message via the school computer, there should be a consequence. My choice would be an in school suspension of a day and a good talking to. However, if it were sent via his home computer, then I don't think the school should have any authority (unless the message were directed at another student and is being considered bullying).

  • dpapsis2

    I agree. I agree with the reasoning but the punishment was a little harsh for a tweet using the F word at his age.

  • http://petreviewsforu.blogspot.com/ katie mitchell

    That is just crazy, it would be different if they were tweeting at school but what they do in their own time is up to them and their parents not the school

    • Geo

      Well said, Katie.

  • ccboobooy

    I think this is a little extreme. Seriously, he tweeted from his home in the wee hours of the morning. I'm not condoning his behavior, but I can't agree with him being suspended.

  • Michelle Tucker

    I don't even know what to say! I mean, he's a senior for goodness sakes. Honestly, he could be smoking weed or having sex in the bathrooms, but no, he gets expelled for cursing? In his own room? at 2am. I think I've heard everything. At MOST, if it was done from the school computer, it should have gotten detention. I am just appalled.

  • Jennifer

    Expulsion for bad language is very extreme. It's such a prominent thing in our language these days, certainly schools can't be doing this for everyone. There are better ways of dealing with this…

  • darlene bohannon

    i think it is completely wrong,he was at home when it was tweeted. so go look on the internet ,there are bad words everywhere. don't mess up a kids life by expeling him,all kids say bad words.

  • http://twitter.com/texanjw @texanjw

    As a teacher this seems a little excessive. Private schools have strict codes of discipline. If the student broke the code and the punishment was known ahead of time this looks like a bad decision on the students part. And an overzealous decision on the school.

  • Angie

    What the F&%$##!! I am just kidding, of course…but seriously, this is ridiculous and excessive. Most schools remind us that they are not the parents..then why are they trying to act like they are?