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Twitter page cause for concern


  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 10:43 am

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We were disgusted to learn a Twitter page called Airdrie Confessions has been allowing local youth to publicly air their dirty laundry.

There is no other way to put it. When Airdrie teens are sharing stories about partying, rape and sexual exploits for the world to see, something must be done. (See story on page 1).

Some would say taking down the site would be infringing on free speech.

However, we must ask how capable are these teenagers who are posting on this site truly understanding the consequences of making something like this public?

Although these posts are supposedly “anonymous,” we were told by the Superintendent of Rocky View Schools (RVS) that they have already identified a number of individuals taking part.

Sharing details of these lurid experiences can have serious repercussions now and in the future.

RVS said they will be “addressing the issue.” This could range from a stern talking to, to expulsion from school.

Post secondary institutions and employers search for things like this. We are sure most of these students don’t realize that they could miss out on a scholarship opportunity or the job of their dreams because of a 140-character post when they were 16 years old.

The police could also become involved with accusations of rape. Your “funny” tweet could be used as evidence against you or someone you know in a criminal case that would affect you for the rest of your life.

This site should be shut down as these children (and that’s really what they are) cannot possibly understand the serious consequences of taking part in this site or they wouldn’t be doing so.


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