How should Adults react to Teen Tweets?

Recently the news has run a few stories about teenagers who have gotten in trouble for things that they have posted on Twitter. Last November a local Kansas teen got sideways with the governor's staff when she posted something negative about the big guy. Governor Sam Brownback eventually apologized for the way that his staff overreacted. I thought that was a good end to the episode and a nice example of an adult way to deal with this kind of issue.

A few weeks ago a high school senior in Indiana was expelled for a tweet that contained bad language. The school said that it was done from a school computer but the teen said that he used Twitter from his home computer. Apparently the school software that tracks student tweets could have been in error. But I wonder, even if he had used a school computer, did the adults overreact in this situation? Should students be expelled when they curse on Twitter?

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