Student Expelled For Explicit Tweet
March 28, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Garrett High School in Garrett, Ind., expelled a senior three months before his graduation for sending a tweet on his personal Twitter account that school officials deemed obscene.
The tweet that got Austin Carroll expelled contained the f-word.
“One of my tweets was, ‘BEEP is one of those BEEP words you can BEEP put anywhere in a BEEP sentence and it still BEEP make sense,’” Austin Carroll told INC NOW.
School officials claim they expelled the student because the profane observation was made from a school computer. The tweet in question, however, went out at 2:30 am.
“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,” said Carroll.
According to INC NOW, the school’s principle claims their system tracks all the tweets on Twitter when a student logs in, so if Carroll did tweet it from home their system could have recognized it when he logged in again at school.
At this point, following the advice of an attorney, the school refuses to speak about the matter further. But the principal told INC NOW previously that the school had the right to track students’ tweets—regardless of the students’ whereabouts.
Carroll faces three months suspension and will not be allowed to participate in prom, graduation or other senior activities as a result of the school’s decision.