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Student Expelled For Explicit Tweet

March 28, 2012 by  

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.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Nadzieja Batki

    Did he use a computer that was handed out in school to all students?

  • s c

    Here’s a way for me to act like a utopian. First, BFD. Civilization won’t fail because a high school kid doesn’t know how to keep a short leash on his vocabulary.
    Second, this topic might be important for a very short time, but it’s NOT that important. This is NOT a life-changer, people.
    Not long ago, a character named Spike Jones tweeted a choice remark, and put a senior couple’s lives in danger because of what seems like a vigilante mentality. It could be that Jones looks at “justice” that’s something that street thugs and their pals need to make a national sport. Whatever his problem is, it’s obvious that he’s not on speaking terms with common sense – or responsible, adult behavior. How old will he be when he acts like a responsible adult?
    Has Jones taken it upon himself to be a tool of the Black Panthers? Officials in Florida law enforcement would be doing themselves a big favor to confront Jones and remind him that what he wants and what he can have are ALWAYS two different matters.
    For now, if Jones isn’t a closet fascist, he’s VERY close. America needs adults and leaders. We do NOT need wannabe Adolfs or Stalins.

  • spinuzzi

    Ah, so youngsters are being taught that they do NOT have any freedom of speech! Though rude, stupid, and offensive to many (including myself), the young man was NOT even ‘speaking’ in public, and any followers have the choice of not following if they don’t like what he writes. This is then the pretext to censor ANY speech that the school wants to, anywhere, any time, holding its students hostage by the threat of withholding graduation. If they thought he might be harming someone then they should turn it over to the proper authorities instead of assuming the mantle of the police or the parents!


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