Bucker Fuskyote (mooglepower) wrote in xroads_school,
Bucker Fuskyote

Concerning a recent announcement...

Hello. This is your friendly alumni moderator with a simple question.

I've been hearing "through the grapevine" that the school has recently put sanctions on what can and cannot be said in an electronic forum (and, for our purposes, Livejournal specifically). Can anyone describe to me exactly what's going on and how the school has justified its actions.

As the moderator of this community, I feel slightly responsible for this as I fear that administration may have used this community as a way to find students' livejournals. If this is the case, I will take actions to ensure the anonymity of the members of this community.

Until then, I will wait and see what happens. Perhaps I will also talk to some of the administration to get a better understanding of exactly what is happening.

Until next time, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

-Ian Martyn
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My understanding is that the school has decided to hold students responsible for anything they post in a public domain that may affect the reputation of the school. Tom mentioned two incidents (I believe they were live journals), one involving badmouthing a teacher and the other I think made some kind of drug reference. Tom said that posting anything on the internet, because it is a public space, is like writing on the walls of Roth or something (really bad analogy...the internet isn't freaking school property). I don't know how they found the students ljs.

I have absolutely no intention of changing the content of or self-censoring my lj or going friends only just because of some stupid school policy. The internet, though public, is absolutely not something they can regulate. Granted, there's not too much offensive material on mine, but still...

So there's my take on the whole thing. I think Crossfire might be doing some reporting on this, but that won't be completed for a while.