Rethinking Discipline as the Worlds of Social Media and High School Collide
Posted by Erik Bergs on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Erik Bergs / February 21, 2014 Comment
Rogers High School controversy. A 17 year old has a very different brain than most of us (I hope that much is obvious). Their frontal lobe, the “stop-n-think-about-this” part of the brain, is not developed. This isn’t an excuse, but rather a statement of fact. Young men have always and will always make dumb mistakes. The choice that we must make as a society is how to discipline them. With social media becoming more and more part of our daily lives, the nature of the statements we make and resolutions thereafter have become increasingly complex. Everybody is a newspaper and everyone is on record. Typed words on the internet become as indelible as the reputations they affect. If young Reid Sagehorn made his statement in a void or even in the football locker room, nothing would have happened. If nobody was following him on Twitter or if nobody read the postings from the original gossip website, police and school officials would likely have their mind on the next basketball game in Rogers. The reason why all this matters, why all this pain and confusion happened centers upon the fact that people paid attention, they listened and overreacted. There is no turning back now. There is no road to normalcy. The courts will provide the solution and nobody will like it. The teacher can’t teach her lessons as usual and Reid can’t graduate. Moving forward though, we need to learn from what has happened.
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