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Swearing On Twitter Gets Student Expelled From Indiana High School

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Austin Carroll, a student at Garrett High School in Indiana, was expelled this week for posting a tweet to his personal Twitter account that involved foul language.

This must be a case of cyber bullying, right? Carroll must have threatened to hurt one of his fellow classmates. No? Well then Carroll must have used some sort of racial slur that offended someone at the school, right? No? Ok, then what happened?

According to Digital Trends, Carroll was expelled simply for using the F words multiple times during a tweet. Carroll said: ” “(The F Word) is one of those (F’***ng) words you can (F***ng) put anywhere in a (F***ng) sentence and it still (F****ng) makes sense.”

Carroll posted the tweet from his home at about 2:30 in the morning. The school’s issue is that he used a school-owned computer to post the tweet.

Carroll said:

“If my account is on my own personal account, I don’t think the school or anybody should be looking at it. Because it’s my own personal stuff and it’s none of their business.”

What do you think? Does the school have the right to monitor activity on school computers?

The school’s decision would be (at least somewhat) understandable if Carroll was talking about committing a crime, doing drugs, harming another student, or if it involved illegal activity in someway. But just swearing on Twitter? #Thatsfuckingbullshit.

Students at Garrett High School threatened to protest on Carroll’s behalf, but the high school senior has decided to end his days at Garrett. Carroll will finish his high school career at another school.

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25 Responses to “Swearing On Twitter Gets Student Expelled From Indiana High School”

  1. Kristen Mosier

    If he made the tweet at 2:30 am at his home how can they say he did it at school?

  2. Carolyn SM

    they said he did it on a school computer, possibly this school allows them to take the computers home? probably laptops..

  3. Ronald Peterson

    sounds like the claim of being at school was the attempt to cover up the fact that they were prying into personal life of student after hours. What the hell was the school monitoring him at 2:30 in the morning for anyway?

  4. Jean Kohlman

    When the student uses school property, whether it iis at school or elsewhere, the school has many rights regarding the equipment. The parents and the student signed an acceptable use policy which prohibits such acts and is legal document. The student should have paid more attention to what it said.

  5. John W. Laurent

    OK I'm a little confused. It says he posted the tweet from home at 2:30 in the morning. Exactly how was a school computer used at that time? Sounds a little fishy to me.

  6. Julie A Smith-Lopez

    while it is not a great thing seeing foul lang. on social sites from kids.it is freedom of speech! I also think it is not the schools business… unless it is a school computer that is used at home AND the parents and child have signed a document on how to conduct themselves while using this computer. then well they signed the paper, they have to deal with the recourse of their childs actions.

  7. James Johnson

    Its still ridiculous that they would EXPEL the student. Disciplinary action is one thing, saying a few swear words is hardly an expulsion type offense.

  8. Kate Bennett Childers

    OMG! he swore lynch him! he used a school computer at 2:30AM? loaner OK Do they monitor all twitter accounts of students? Stocker much? BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU….

  9. Iman Oldgeek

    If the school doesn't like personal comments, they can always block social networking sites on school computers. Still, they had no call to expel him; they should have told him that it was unacceptable and blocked his access to those sites. Businesses can do it, why can't schools? The school here is in need of updating their tech-think.

  10. Robert Johnson

    He has no expectation of privacy if he is using a school computer. It's just like a computer provided by a workplace. And why not expell him? Life has consequences, which is something we don't teach kids anymore.

  11. Erin Anderson

    Kay, I live in Garrett. Unfortunately. I can't believe how much publicity this teeny tiny town is getting from this. Oh wait… yes I can. Because Garrett is becoming very well known for being completely retarded on a national scale. Their priorities around here are so off. They want to expel a kid for swearing at 2 in the morning, but they feel it's necessary to wake everyone in town at 2 in the morning whenever there's a fire. Yeah. There's this huge siren that blares out across town, sometimes 2 or 3 times a night — so the big, bad Garrett fire department can get through Main street without stopping. At 2 in the morning. Nobody is out at 2 in the morning. Nobody's really out at 6 in the evening. The water also smells like an #$%$ and they put a heavy price tag on this stuff. The cop we've had to call on our hillbilly neighbors (the guy thought it was a good idea to build a gazebo outside his house – and ours – at 1 AM), must be friends with said neighbors because when he showed up, he laughed about our complaint and sat down and chatted with these guys. Probably had a beer with them too. I'm not at all surprised that this town's blatant stupidity has gone viral, and now I'm 110% more positive that I want to move out of this school district before my kid turns 5. We have potty mouths, but I do hope she can graduate. The girl isn't even 2 yet and knows more words than half the people who live here. :P

  12. Erin Anderson

    Kay, I live in Garrett. Unfortunately. I can't believe how much publicity this teeny tiny town is getting from this. Oh wait… yes I can. Because Garrett is becoming very well known for being completely retarded on a national scale. Their priorities around here are so off. They want to expel a kid for swearing at 2 in the morning, but they feel it's necessary to wake everyone in town at 2 in the morning whenever there's a fire. Yeah. There's this huge siren that blares out across town, sometimes 2 or 3 times a night — so the big, bad Garrett fire department can get through Main street without stopping. At 2 in the morning. Nobody is out at 2 in the morning. Nobody's really out at 6 in the evening. The water also smells like an #$%$ and they put a heavy price tag on this stuff. The cop we've had to call on our hillbilly neighbors (the guy thought it was a good idea to build a gazebo outside his house – and ours – at 1 AM), must be friends with said neighbors because when he showed up, he laughed about our complaint and sat down and chatted with these guys. Probably had a beer with them too. I'm not at all surprised that this town's blatant stupidity has gone viral, and now I'm 110% more positive that I want to move out of this school district before my kid turns 5. We have potty mouths, but I do hope she can graduate. The girl isn't even 2 yet and knows more words than half the people who live here. :P

  13. Ronald Peterson

    ok then what the hell was he doing at the school at 2:30 in the morning?

  14. Margaret King

    It was his private account. How did they get his password to see his tweet. I think it would be safe to say that Big Brother is watching.

  15. Scott Larson

    Since it was on a school computer I agree. If it wasn't, then it would be an issue for his parents, who should be monitoring his accounts.

  16. Miranda Hofmann

    If it's after hours it shouldn't matter. It's his personal life and swearing isn't bad that's horrible to suspend someone for language that isn't directed towards anyone. People need to stop being so sensitive and the school honestly should get in trouble for expelling someone for such a ridiculous reason.

  17. Von Toomanystatus Zuniga

    my school blocks alll social media websites, to think that other schools do the same thing.