Now one must ask themselves how far will this behavior go since the account has become private and outsiders can not see what’s going on!
Boiling With Rage – New Form of Online Bullying in Fargo, ND
March 20, 2013 by leave a comment
It has been quite awhile since the last edition of Boiling With Rage News but today I stumbled upon an issue that has riled me up again. Valley News Live, a news station in Fargo, ND, a short 45 minutes from here, reported on their Facebook page this afternoon a story that would seem non-relevant to most. However, if readers click through the link, taking them to an account on Twitter, a popular social media site. The account called to attention is fargosouthconfession by @Brutalbruin1 who’s description “All tweets are anonymous confessions sent in and I just copy and paste them” has 192 followers and a total of 97 tweets thus far..and counting. So about now you are wondering, what’s the big deal?
The premise of this account is high school students messaging tweets to the “moderator” who then tweets them out using the hashtag #bruinconfessions I have read through the tweets and I am DISGUSTED! Not only are there sexually suggestive tweets, but tweets that are downright bullying!
Here are a few examples of what I have found:
The so-called moderator is claiming that this is freedom of speech, which I agree, to an extent. As a blogger I strongly support the right to free speech but as a mother of four, I am adamantly against bullying and underage sexual commenting, etc. I feel this twitter account is against school policy, could be targeted as underage sexual acts with minors, in the way that these are high school aged children, and the tweets are often full of sexual crude content. There must be some sort of legal issue here.
Teens tweeting in these messages must also keep in mind, while the initial tweets are anonymous, the retweets and favorites are not! Any user can click on the profile images retweeting (sharing) and favorite these tweets, that alone is certainly against school policy, you are furthering the message, you are participating in online bullying!
I can’t even imagine how parents of Fargo South High School are feeling. What are their thoughts? Are their kids participating and if they are will they be punishing them?
What are your thoughts on this hot topic issue?
**Update 10:54pm – Since the original publishing of this post, the twitter account @Brutalbruin1 has “locked” their twitter account for privacy, allowing only approved users to see their tweets.**
Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks