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« Reply #40 on: December 20, 2007, 03:26:56 PM »

Quote from: calebsdaddy on December 20, 2007, 03:22:08 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 18, 2007, 12:17:55 AM

Apparently it was a hoax.

The school says it's a hoax, but I hear cover up to attempt to evade lawsuit
How so?  If the school has a policy in place saying you can only run X, Y, and Z, and the kid runs Q even after multiple warnings, they're well within their rights to give him detention.
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« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2007, 03:35:08 PM »

Quote from: Laner on December 20, 2007, 03:26:56 PM

Quote from: calebsdaddy on December 20, 2007, 03:22:08 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 18, 2007, 12:17:55 AM

Apparently it was a hoax.

The school says it's a hoax, but I hear cover up to attempt to evade lawsuit
How so?  If the school has a policy in place saying you can only run X, Y, and Z, and the kid runs Q even after multiple warnings, they're well within their rights to give him detention.

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Response to Internet Hoax
December 17, 2007 

Recently, a file was uploaded to the Internet purporting to be a copy of a letter from Big Spring High School to a student regarding a two hour detention. The uploaded letter was an altered version of a detention letter sent to a student. Unfortunately, privacy concerns prevent the School District from giving a full explanation of the nature and source of the letterís alteration at this time. The Big Spring School District does have confirmation that the discipline letter was altered.

The reports, blogs and other sources on the Internet indicating that a Big Spring student was assigned detention for using the Firefox internet browser instead of Internet Explorer are untrue and were based on the fake letter. Detention is assigned in our schools after appropriate warnings are given. If students continue to engage in non-academic activities or fail to follow a teacherís directive during class time, discipline can and will be assigned.

Sincerely yours,

John C. Scudder

High School Principal

Above is the direct quote from http://www.bigspring.k12.pa.us/news.php?action=view_article&article_id=2130.  The school is denying the allegation that the student was given detention for using Firefox, but will not go into detail due to "privacy" concerns.  I am just fueling the fire of conspiracy.  Any takers???
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« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2007, 04:08:17 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2007, 05:11:32 PM »

Quote from: calebsdaddy on December 20, 2007, 03:35:08 PM

I am just fueling the fire of conspiracy.  Any takers???

I totally believe "privacy" in this context.  If it was a "real" detention form that was modified, no way is the school going to go on record to the public about what the kid actually did to deserve it. 
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« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2007, 06:41:02 PM »

Quote from: Greggy_D on December 17, 2007, 02:27:43 PM

I still believe in the old saying......Those who can, do.  Those who can't, teach.

Man, you're absolutely right. Education is so overrated. retard

Sorry, I just utterly despise that quote. I've had great teachers and pathetically unsuited teachers. It's like every working world entry I've run into: every job has its great people and its losers.

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I agree, but I also know that because of past controversies many schools are using modifications and settings on their browser software in order to restrict internet access and keep kids away from porn, etc.  If you allow kids to show up with their own browser, you might as well not bother blocking IE. 

We aren't talking about a college here, it's a high school junior.  A high school junior who refused to follow the teacher's directions to use the school supplied materials.

I'm hoping this is why it played out the way it did, but unfortunately I suspect it probably was more due to draconian ignorance.
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