My teen years are fully two decades behind me, and I can tell you with absolute certainty what nonsense like this would have made me want to do. Here’s a hint: It wouldn’t be shutting up:
The students, some wearing duct tape over their mouths and carrying signs, were protesting an announcement at the beginning of the day, in which Strongsville High School Principal William Steffen asked the children to refrain from posting on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Steffen said he’s been trying to tell students since yesterday-when several videos, Tweets and Facebook posts depicted disorganization and unruliness at the start of school March 4 – that, when they post things online, they’re there forever and that has the potential to be seen by the entire nation.
“I’ve told them that some of the rumors that they’re putting out there are putting our students and our school in a bad light,” he said. “We had a student tell the students on announcements to keep it classy.”
If you want the young’uns to refrain from doing something, the best way to get them to do that is to shout orders at them from a great height, right guys? Franklin Delano Roosevelt Christ. And what a passive-aggressive bullshit way to go about it, too, all “we’re not telling you not to say anything, just to be VERY CAREFUL about what you say.”
Not for nothing, but I would suggest to Mr. Steffen that what is “putting the school in a bad light” is having a teacher strike in the first place, not students talking about it. The description of a thing is not the thing itself, and outrage over what’s being said should never exceed outrage over what’s been done.