Monday 23 April 2018

Social media or anti-social media? It's time for Facebook to decide

CYBERBULLYING respects no boundaries, but normally we associate this nasty phenomenon with victimised students. This week, however, a school in Limerick has decided to suspend 28 of its students after an inappropriate message about a teacher was put online.

It is understood that the controversial message on Facebook featured an image and text concerning the personal life of a teacher. After consternation, the offending item was removed.

The headmaster of the large Colaiste Chiarian in Croom, Noel Malone, defended what he described as an "unprecedented" decision to suspend the students, insisting they had breached the school's anti-bullying policy. He said it was a "gross invasion of a member of the school community's personal life".

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