Sixth-form union members are to meet with one of Peterborough’s top education chiefs after expressing concern over the suspension of two students for comments made on Twitter.
Oh? And what sort of comments?
Stanground College punished two of its pupils in December after they posted comments on the social networking site.One of the students, Chloe Fuller (15) sent a Tweet about an altercation between a Year 7 pupil and a teacher on December 9 which led to a police response.
This is the ‘altercation’ in question:
The incident happened at the school, in Peterborough Road, Stanground, at about 12.30pm.A police spokesman said they had been called by staff at the school because of a Year 7 pupil acting in a “rowdy and disorderly” way.
The spokesman said: “We were called by staff at 12.32pm, to try and calm a situation at the school down.
“There was a Year 7 pupil who had been in an altercation with a teacher.
“There was no arrests that were made and no-one was injured. Only one officer attended the scene.
“The boy was being rowdy and disorderly but had already calmed down and was in a classroom by the time the officer arrived.
“He was then taken home by his father. The officer didn’t actually have to take any action in the end and the incident was over by 1.40pm, when the boy left. It is very rare for us to be called to a school for an incident like this.”
Is it really? Judging from the comments at Insp. Gadget’s blog, they are often called to stuff like this.
A spokeswoman for Peterborough City Council said: “There was an incident during the lunchtime period which was quickly resolved.“Lessons went ahead as usual during the afternoon.”
Other students weren’t so blasé…
A parent of two pupils at the school said one of his daughters had contacted himabout the incident.He said: “My daughter phoned me up and said she was very scared about what was going on.
“She said a boy in the first year of the school had been involved in an incident with a teacher and then ran out of the room.”
So, what did this student send on Twitter that so horrified the management?
Chloe’s Tweet, posted moments after the altercation, read: “Lunchtimes are never dull at Stanground College! The funniest chase I have ever seen!”.Chloe was excluded after being told by the college that the content of the posting had “brought the school into disrepute”.
Strange! I can’t see that it did.
And they don’t seem to know how either:
The college would not comment when asked how Chloe’s Tweet had brought the school into disrepute.
What about the other Tweet?
However, the college did say that the Tweet about the school by the sixth former, who was excluded for two days, contained a “highly offensive” swear word.Principal Alison Story said: “The exclusion was for this reason and was not connected with the incident at the college.
“The student’s family has worked closely with the college and supported the action taken and the student has agreed to not post derogatory comments in the future.”
Good little drones they are raising at that school! I’d have told them what I did in my own free time and not on school property was no business of theirs!
But, what of the incident that caused the issues in the first place?
Stanground College would not comment further on the punishment received by the Year 7 student who had the altercation with the teacher.
The college don’t like to say much, do they? Perhaps that’s why they worry so much about clamping down on others free speech..?
Anyone else wondering just how these Tweets came to their attention in the first place? Is someone monitoring all communication on behalf of the college?