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2 Lakeside students suspended over 'disturbing' online posts

Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:24 PM
Last updated Friday, March 15, 2013 7:11 AM
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Two Lakeside High School students were suspended Thursday after “disturbing” social media posts.

Columbia County authorities were called to the school and interviewed the students, who were not charged.

Students alerted school officials after seeing comments posted on Twitter by two 17-year-old students, Columbia County Chief of School Safety Lance Poss said.

“It was some comments that they were making, stuff they like to do and see,” Poss said, adding the comments were “graphic.” “There were absolutely no direct threats made to the school or to any individual student or to anyone.”

School officials notified the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies interviewed the teens. No one was charged, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Deputies did find some graphic drawings in a backpack belonging to one of the teens.

“It was some kind of disturbing drawings that raised some eyebrows and raised some concerns,” Poss said. “There were no threats.”

Superintendent Charles Nagle said the teens were suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing before the school system safety officer.

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JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 03/15/13 - 01:08 pm
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Regina, that is exactly what

Regina, that is exactly what I said in my 10:25 post, however Brad seems to think it was a huge jump from disturbing writing to sandy hook. I also stated in the first line that we were not privy to the content of the writings, so we just have to trust that the people in charge made the right call. Also it is in every school policy in this area that your locker, bookbag, and even your person is subject to search if the situation warrants it. And Brad you are right this country is doomed, but it has nothing to do with the comment I made.

broncos243
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broncos243 03/15/13 - 01:38 pm
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Students Point of View

I am a student at Lakeside High School, and I feel as some people commenting do not understand the situation fully. These two students were generally angry students. One of them has very violent and gory statuses on Facebook, as well as drawing of people getting blown up, decapitated, etc. which he draws DURING class. For the past few weeks they have been recording their classes, but they have especially been walking around lunch recording lunch. This has obviously been a discussion between the two students for a long period of time. I have lived in other states with situations like these (Colorado) and the Columbine shooters had VERY similar attributes as these two people. These two need psychological help, not just suspension. I thank the administration and the police for catching these two before something could happen. But please do not allow them back, this whole ordeal could be nothing but an even larger motivator for them to carry out their plans.

batya
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batya 03/15/13 - 02:33 pm
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If there was "no threat" then

If there was "no threat" then why suspend them for something they did outside of the school?? This is a job for the parents to handle at home, not the government to step in and play the nanny...

batya
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batya 03/15/13 - 02:38 pm
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broncos243...

That is why the administration needs to be careful what reasons they give for the suspension. Instead of officially suspending them for things posted on the internet that was not directed to the school or any students, they need to use concrete reasons. This would not stand up in a court.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/15/13 - 02:45 pm
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Thank you Broncos for
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Thank you Broncos for verifying that those of us who thought "better safe then sorry" were likely right on the money. If it's prevents another Columbine I'm all for it.

And what was wrong with my last comment chronicle? Truth hurt or what?

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/15/13 - 02:46 pm
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"Instead of officially
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"Instead of officially suspending them for things posted on the internet that was not directed to the school or any students, they need to use concrete reasons. This would not stand up in a court."

They took that same route with Klebold and Harris(I've read a lot about Columbine, btw)....I'm sure it would've worked out well if they ignored it :-/

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/15/13 - 03:17 pm
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The student post at 1:38 PM

The student post at 1:38 PM was articulate and well written and I'm inclined to believe him or her. So, regarding the in-school activities: Disrupting a school is not only a suspend able offense, it is also a crime. Why weren't suspensions handed down and why wasn't law enforcement involved AT THAT TIME? The original article said these 2 are suspended for off campus social network activity.

broncos243
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broncos243 03/15/13 - 05:56 pm
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Response to batya and GiantsAllDay

Batya: I don't think they should even come back to this school, they now have more reason then ever to cause harm on us, and that's not a chance worth taking, what needs to happen is they first need to get psychological help, because I recently found out they found humor in talking about how to hurt people physically. They also found their posts on Facebook funny which I have seen and are very disturbing. This is a problem that they need major help with.

GiantsAllDay: I don't believe each student really understood what they were doing while recording, and were probably too scared in the first place to comment on the drawings. I know for me I never put it all together until now.

RMeldrum
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RMeldrum 03/16/13 - 11:35 pm
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The post they had on Facebook

The post they had on Facebook were sickening and something you would see in a horror movie. Things they wanted to do...

When someone post something like " millions will know out names and want out heads" and talk about having their mug shots being seen.

When you add that to the horrible previous post males you wonder what they were talking about while appreciating the school and the steps they took to protect my kids and the others at our school.

If they wanted attention they got it and praise the Lord before anyone was hurt or they escalated to another level.

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