Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A myspace Scandal at Small-World High School

To start off, I just want to state how incredibly stupid some people can be. I bet you have all heard of the new trend amongst teens that has been going around. The best description of myspace is a place where people sixteen years and older can post blogs, post pictures, and view the profiles of other people. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on who you are) my high school has also heard of this website and has been invesitgating it's students' profiles. Well, some of said students had previously posted photos of themselves at parties, beers in hand, as well as journal entries that have described what goes on at said parties. Authorities are currently in the process of weeding out the individuals who have taken part in these activities and suspending them from school for a few weeks. The friends of suspended parties are calling this a violation of privacy. And yet, as always, I find myself taking different views on the matter.
Now, allow me to remind you that these students are my age (under 21). Allow me to further remind you that underage drinking is ILLEGAL. My thoughts on this subject are as follows: IF YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO POST PICTURES OF YOURSELF DRINKING AT A PARTY, WHILE YOU ARE UNDERAGE, YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO GET CAUGHT! The internet is public! Myspace is a part of the internet! If you don't want to get in trouble for doing things that are "forbidden," DON'T POST YOUR EVIDENCE IN A PUBLIC PLACE!
This punishment of suspension does not do the "criminals" justice. What really needs to happen is the offending students need to attend their regular classes, with a few de-toxification treatments, a few Alcholics Anonymous classes thrown into the mix, and quite a bit of community service. You see, by suspending these students, the school is simply giving them a chance to throw their own parties at home. Even if these students' parents did give a damn about what their children were doing, what is stopping them from climbing out the window and shimmying down the drain pipe in the middle of the night, just so they can go and get busted once again?
So, the lesson to be learned from all of this, in short: If you want to do something illegal, fine. If you don't want to get caught, don't leave evidence. If you do leave evidence, don't post it on the internet (which happens to be publically accessible). And last but not least, if you do decide to post it in a public place, DON'T PUT YOUR NAME ON IT!


cheesemeister said...

This takes me back--back to the days before blogs or even before anyone had conceived of the average person having a computer in their home.
I was in 9th grade and was working as an office assistant. Almost the entire seventh grade class got busted for ditching and drinking beer in the park right across the street! As the principal's secretary was calling their parents I was mocking them and telling them how retarded they were. You at least wait till after school to drink beer--and then you don't do it out in the open! Damn, but the level of intelligence had dropped sharply in the two years between the time I was in seventh grade and the time these fools came along, eh? ;-)