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2 Lakeside students suspended over 'disturbing' online posts

Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:24 PM
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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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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/14/13 - 06:46 pm
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No laws brokenNo threats to

No laws broken
No threats to anyone
Searching backpack w/o probable cause or a warrant
Circumstances had nothing to do with school or being a student
I can understand how, in certain cases, a student can be suspended for off campus ILLEGAL behavior. But for off campus LEGAL behavior? I read the article twice, so please someone, tell me what I'm missing here. Seems to me that the most intelligent folks should be entrusted to educating children. I'm not seeing that here. Maybe it's time for these 2 kids' parents to lawyer up. After many years in Augusta, I've learned that it doesn't take much to "raise eyebrows". Hassling kids for graphic drawings is just one step away from the thought police.

KSL
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KSL 03/14/13 - 07:30 pm
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GAD

Did I miss where the backpack was searched without permission?

I agree. Hassling a 6 year old for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun is over the top.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/14/13 - 08:30 pm
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I support this preemptive strike

Given the history of many school shooting and The Hitler Birthday school Theory coming up in April, I am happy the police took the preemptive steps and investigated the students.
Obviously there was enough found to warrant the suspension of the students otherwise we would have already been seen lawyers lined up on the court house steps with a Reverend telling us how innocent these misunderstood brats were.

I would like to hear what Austin dug up.

Also Kudo's to the students that braved possibly being labeled a Snitch to ensure their fellow students safety. That took some moxy. Look it up if you are to young to know the word.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/14/13 - 08:32 pm
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Yep
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In this day and age of kneejerk, CYA school officials, this does not shock me at all. It was probably a couple of students the school 'had their eye on' to get rid of and this was the perfect excuse. I agree, the parents should hire a lawyer and take the school system to court and make them prove any behavior in their handbook was violated. I am even more shocked that the CCBOE allowed this to get out. They normally tend to quell this this type of news.

RMeldrum
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RMeldrum 03/14/13 - 08:39 pm
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Appreciate the school being proactive!

As a parent of multiple Lakeside students I appreciate the school officials taking a proactive approach. I know multiple comments that were made by these students and they were quite disturbing. In all honestly I am proud of whomever brought this information forward. I would think parents of schools where children have died only wish that when red flags showed up, someone would have brought it to the attention of school officials or the authorities.

There are certain things that are not appropriate or ok to post and when you do post them on Facebook for the world to see you can't help but to expect to have someone report you.

Who knows what if anything these boys would have done, however as a patent it isn't worth a chance.

Thank you Columbia County Schools and Police Department.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/13 - 08:44 pm
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Suspended

Yes, but aren’t their parents given the option of attending the Alternative School in lieu of suspension?

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 03/14/13 - 08:46 pm
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1984
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Read the book 1984, by George Orwell. Thought police.

grouse
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grouse 03/14/13 - 08:46 pm
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Proactive approach,
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Proactive approach, yes...suspension, no.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/14/13 - 09:03 pm
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What did they do and what

What did they do and what were the thoughts?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/14/13 - 09:15 pm
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2,098,775 POINTS

What these kids need to do is (1) print out the posts, (2) staple them to the graphic drawings from their backpacks, and (3) enter the result in an art contest. They will probably get a prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to pursue their artistic careers and embarrass the school bureaucrats who grotesquely overreacted here.

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 09:33 pm
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That article posed more....

questions than it answered...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/14/13 - 10:19 pm
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I'sa Think

there is a whole lot of "Rush To Judgement" by all concerned. A heck of a more facts would have to be given before I would make a comment on this one.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 03/14/13 - 10:31 pm
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Maybe the timestamp on the tweets....

shows that they were in school when the messages were sent and I do not think a warrant is needed to search lockers or book bags when on school grounds

paladin5
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paladin5 03/15/13 - 12:08 am
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LAW

Read the Posted Information Outside the Schools governing the Authority of a School or School Property.

Reads like the Authority allowed upon entering a Military Installation or Restricted Area. I would think parents of students are already aware of the authority of School Safety Officers.

Agree, too little info to draw a conclusion...but a lot of Posts that could use a lot more Objectivity.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/15/13 - 12:09 am
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It's a sorry world we are

It's a sorry world we are living in.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/15/13 - 07:04 am
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Bags, lockers, and clothing

Bags, lockers, and clothing on school grounds have been fair game for searches as long as I can remember.

kc fan
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kc fan 03/15/13 - 07:20 am
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suspended

It is common practice to suspend students pending a hearing. It's kind of like putting people in jail before they go before the judge.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/15/13 - 07:54 am
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"Disturbing" is the disturbing part...

Although the facts are not clear, one think that is clear is that this is a VERY slippery slope and not the sort of liberty minded lessons I would want my kids to be taught in school.

Here is where I have a problem; by whose subjective point of view were these things considered "disturbing?"

If there was NO threats made, and NO one was bullied or hurt, what was so "disturbing?"

So that is the threshold now?

If someone is "disturbed" by the art or messages the kids have made that is is OK for them to be treated like criminals, meriting a full search and interview?

Since when wasn't teenagers behavior "disturbing?"

Rock-m-Roll anyone?

We are going to legislate ourselves into a dictatorship,

Brad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/15/13 - 08:09 am
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Not enough info

Tease me why don't you.....

concernmom
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concernmom 03/15/13 - 08:14 am
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Orwellian...Big Brother truly is watching...

“There were absolutely no direct threats made to the school or to any individual student or to anyone.”

So why were they suspended? Why not sent to the alternative school?
If I were the parents, I'd lawyer up big time! This is outrageous!

Rage Against the Machine has disturbing lyrics; some art work is offensive, but are we to ban everything that is artistically "dark"? A thought to ponder...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/15/13 - 08:16 am
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concernmom..

If “There were absolutely no direct threats made to the school or to any individual student or to anyone.”

WHY punish them at all? Isn't that what the parents are supposed to deal with?

David Parker
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David Parker 03/15/13 - 08:35 am
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Been happening since the '80's

From my own experience, artwork that is done at school or brought to school that is found unsavory or risque has been met with suspension. So I'm not in total agreement that there is a new culture of Thought Police, but I haven't seen the drawings so I can't say there isn't either. All I can confirm is they don't tolerate "sexy".

JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 03/15/13 - 10:25 am
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I agree that knowing what the

I agree that knowing what the content of the drawings and comments were would have helped here. Some of you really make me laugh. If God forbid, what happened recently at Sandy Hook had of happened in this case and these things were found after the fact, you same people would be saying, why didn't someone see this coming, you can't tell me there were not signs. I say good job, keep up the good work. My children graduated from Columbia County Schools and I must say I wanted the officers at their schools to do all they could to keep my children as well as everyone elses there safe. If that meant sending one of mine home for a few days for something that was considered inappropriate, so be it. Then I would take care of the rest at home, and the next act that may be deemed inappropriate would be commited by me, in the form of a good old fashion strap to the backside.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/15/13 - 10:50 am
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Large jump there...

From "absolutely no direct threats made to the school or to any individual student or to anyone" just "disturbing" art work to Sandy Hook?

This country is doomed.

Anyone know what Kim Kardashian is wearing today?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/15/13 - 11:30 am
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Brad Owens > Lakeside

Brad Owens > Lakeside Administrators
As you can tell from some of the comments, Sandy Hook gave gonad-less school officials a HUGE playing card to push school kids around. Next our illustrious board of education will put lie detectors at every school entrance and ask the kids "what are you thinking about today?"

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/15/13 - 11:41 am
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I don't get why you guys are
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I don't get why you guys are so against this. The Columbine killers wrote disturbing things on their websites, disturbing essays, and disturbing drawings. Perhaps if someone had taken notice earlier those 12 students and their teacher would still be with us.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/15/13 - 11:45 am
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I think all these comments

I think all these comments are pretty much wasted until it is known what the CONTENT of those student messages were. If it was about how the boys would love to see dead, bloodied bodies of school children laying at their feet...then, yeah, that's pretty disturbing and should warrant adults getting involved BECAUSE THEY MADE THOSE COMMENTS PUBLICLY. If, for some reason, they want to made those bizarre and sick comments, let them do it in private. This is akin to someone yelling "FIRE!" in a public place....yes, it does affect others.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/15/13 - 11:47 am
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The above post tells me that

The 11:41 AM post tells me that the Columbine killers, from their graves, have won.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/15/13 - 11:47 am
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Giants, If this was your
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Giants,

If this was your kid's school and these kids shot it up and your child was killed and after the fact all of these disturbing writings came out you're telling me you wouldn't be upset that no one noticed any warning signs?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/15/13 - 12:04 pm
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I would be upset if my child

I would be upset if my child were killed under any circumstances. But I treasure the principles of our founding fathers. Read some of their philosophies sometime. Start with Patrick Henry.

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