Suzy is an 8th grade student at our school. As soon as she gets home from school, she visits kidsblog.com* because several classmates have blogs on that site. The site is blocked at school so the students do their posts and reading of posts from home.
Last night Suzy read her classmate Meg’s blog. On the blog Meg was saying that their Language Arts teacher was boring and didn’t grade fairly. Suzy was VERY upset by what she perceived to be untrue statements about her favorite teacher! She ran into the kitchen to tell her Mom. Her mom immediately called the principal and insisted that Meg be made to remove the post and denied her in-school technology privileges for the remainder of the school year.
As a Student Council member, your task is to take a position on whether Meg should be made to remove the post and/or punished by the school for making the post. Your group will be looking at both sides of this issue, taking a position and then publishing “White Papers.” Your papers will be presented to the committee that develops the student code of conduct so there will be clarification of the policies for how future problems should be handled.
*kidsblog.com is NOT a real website!
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