DISTURBING THE PEACE
Officers received a report April 26 that a student had posted a threatening message on Facebook about a teacher at Prior Lake High School, 7575 W. 150th St. The teacher did not want to press charges and the school is handling the discipline.
While the involvement of the police here is certainly justified, should we not question why the school should be permitted to get involved in disciplining students who may have been using Facebook after-hours and have apparently not done anything the victim felt was worthy of criminal prosecution? There are plenty of other examples of how Facebook is used by students in a manner which should allow for schools to handle the situations internally.
However, in this case, which admittedly provides limited information likely due to the age of the student, do you believe the school should be able to hand down discipline for posting something threatening on Facebook? Because we don’t know the exact situation let’s hypothetically say that it was done by the student on their home computer. Without backing from the victim and the police being unable to follow through on possible charges do you think any action by the school will be appropriate?