Tuesday, December 04, 2007

He forgot the 'smilies'

Wis. Teacher Arrested for Blog Comment
Bloggers and free speech advocates are calling on prosecutors not to file charges against a teacher arrested for allegedly posting an anonymous comment online praising the Columbine shooters.
Some were disturbed by the post police say James Buss left on a conservative blog, but other observers said it was a sarcastic attempt to discredit critics of education spending.

It pays to remember text does not convey intent unless the intent is made explicit. Still, I think his was a boneheaded remark to make; although not criminal, hard to justify on any grounds. One would have thought a teacher would have better communication skills.

At the same time, I wonder if we would have the same fuss if the comment had appeared on a lefty blog.

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