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Poll: Should students be expelled for posting abuse on social networking sites?

Four students at a Dublin school have been expelled after posting comments about teachers on Facebook. Is the sanction too harsh? Or do you agree with it?

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FOUR STUDENTS HAVE been expelled from a Dublin secondary school after posting abusive comments about their teachers on Facebook.

The students were accused of making serious sexual allegations about two teachers at the school as well as posting comments saying that another teacher was not able to do their job properly. Another forty students were given detention for liking the posts, according to the story by Seán Flynn in today’s Irish Times.

The students are set to appeal the expulsions. However the ASTI union said that internet bullying is as serious as any other type of bullying, especially given that the material can stay on theweb permanently.

What do you think: Should students be expelled for posting seriously abusive comments on the internet?


Poll Results:

Yes (2339)
No (668)
I don't know (167)



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