Students and blogs

A 17 year old student is facing expulsion because of something he wrote on the blog. The article here is so poorly written that it’s tough to tell just what’s going on, or what he wrote that got him in trouble.

I just needed to quote this:

Student faces expulsion for Web post

On a second post on May 2, without mentioning the school the student wrote: “I feel threatened by you, I cant even have a public Web page with out you bullying me and telling me what has to be removed. Where is this freedom of speech that this government is sworn to uphold? … Did you ever stop to think this will start a community backlash? The kids at Columbine did what the did because they were bullied. … In my opinion you are the real threat here. None of us ever put in our xanga’s that they were going to kill or bring harm to any one. We voiced our opinions. You are the real threat here. you are depriving us of our right to learn. now stick that in your pipe and smoke it.”

This kid needs to be sent back to 7th grade for remedial grammar lessons. They should expel him for being too dumb to write something approaching decent English.

I counted at least eight errors in that paragraph. Nobody’s depriving this kid of a right to learn anything that he hasn’t already chosen not to learn.

Thanks. I feel better now.

Update: No, wait, it gets worse. Check out the kid’s full site. First, it’s interesting to see what the news article above chose to quote and what they chose to ignore. Second, his skills with the written word are even scarier than I thought. It’s a shame that as we move into an era where people read and write more than ever — thanks to the web — that our kids don’t get any education on the written word, anymore. They need to have The Grammar Hammer hit them upside the head more often, I think. I dno’t want to live in a world where people think “your” and “you’re” are interchangeable, or that “u” is a proper replacement for “you.”

Yes, it’s a blog. Yes, I’ll relax the requirements of proper grammatical english for that. I do it around here all the time. But I have a tough time following this kid’s train of thought, because he’s managed to build a set of tracks that barely go straight. . .

(Internet Rule #1 is in effect here: The second someone picks on someone else’s poor grammar or spelling, he’ll make a similar error in his post. Yes, I know it well.)


4 Responses to “Students and blogs”

  1. Adam
    25. May 2006 at 10:17

    not to mention red text on a multicolored background of a chick’s body… is unreadable.

    This f::bleep::er should be banned form webdesign for life.

  2. Overworm
    27. May 2006 at 11:45

    The kid’s grammar is horrible and his site design is even worse. That said, I read enough of his site and the article to discover one thing: he deserved his suspension. Any time a student compares his school situation to those of the Columbine killers, it’s time to take a closer look at him.

    I know kids will be kids and a teenager’s favorite pasttime is usually swimming in angst, but once a boy starts using “bullying” and “Columbine” in the same paragraph that he implies a tacit approval of the killers’ actions . . . well it’s time alert his parents that a serious personality/emotional problem exists. The suspension served that purpose. It’s a pity that his mother apparently is incapable of processing the message.

  3. Zeb
    27. May 2006 at 14:28

    Heh…”I dno’t want to live in a world where people think “your? and “you’re? are interchangeable, or that “u? is a proper replacement for “you.?

    I hope the dno’t was an example of bad english and not Internet Rule #1 in effect ;)

  4. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    29. May 2006 at 10:19

    Zeb — that’s a full scale GREAT example of Internet Rule #1. It’s right there in the same sentence.

    On the other hand, it’s an order of magnitude less a violation of grammar. Mine is clearly a typo. The other examples I give are of ignorance and stupidity. ;-)