Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cheerleader Suspended Over Facebook Photo (Post #23)

Should a high school administration suspend a cheerleader over a picture of her at a wedding with a beer in her hand? The student and her parents argued that she was not even the person holding the beer but the other young lady in the photograph with her. The school administration cites school athletic policy regarding drug and alcohol possession. Three basic opinions arise in the video clip, the example cheerleaders set as role models, privacy, and the complete lack of privacy. What do you think? Please be respectful of others and their opinions when you blog
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131 comments:

  1. Christina Luna
    Bauer P.1

    I believe that this issue is extremely controversial and I think that the school maybe took this to an unnecessary extent. If the parents argue that she wasnt holding the alcoholic beverage than maybe she wasnt. However the lack of evidence lead to the school's action and there's no obvious evidence to prove otherwise of what the picture shows.

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  2. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5November 14, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I do not think the school should have suspended the cheerleader. they dont even have clear evidence that she was holding it. besides, she was outside of school at her sisters wedding. that has nothing to do with the school or administration. they should not be able to control what the cheerleader does outside of school. that should be the parents decision if they allow her to drink or not. thats if she was even drinking though. what if she really wasnt drinking? then the school and administration messed up and ruined a girls cheer season. they would be at fault in my opinion.

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  3. the school is right. they have a policy, she knows the policy, she broke the policy, and she put the picture in the internet. she is responsible for her actions.

    if something goes onto the internet, then it is not private! even if you set your profile to "private,"(that's a laughable thought), it is still open to everybody with connection.

    but still, one picture is pretty insufficient evidence. the school might be wrong. but i don't think they are.

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  4. Im with the school. The school policy says any athlete known to possess or use drugs or alcohol will be supended for 2 weeks or 3 games. The picture shows she had a beer up to her lips. Looks like she had it in her possession to me. Furthermore she admitted to having possession of a beer at some point during the wedding to school officials. This cheerleader needs to deal with the consequences that she brought upon herself.

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  5. Emily Staab Bauer Period 2 :)November 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    I think that this event was taken to an unecessary extent. I agree with the point in the video that said 'if you wouldn't show it to your grandma, don't put it online'. However, the school should not be questioning just the cheerleader, but also her sister and mother. I don't thin that the cheerleader should be punished for posting a picture online which does not give a clear statement as to whether or not this girl was actually drinking or even holding the bottle. And whoever sent that photo to school officials should not have done that. It isn't up to them to decide what the principal sees outside of school and I think that was wrong. And since the incident happened off of school grounds and it didn't happen during school hours, I think that the police should have been the ones to deal with this, not the school.

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  6. In this particular instance, I am not convinced that the beer was actually Bree's, and I don't think it was right to suspend her, particularly not for the last two games of the season. However, I am fully behind schools punishing athletes and such for breaking their contract. That student is a role model and is representing their school, in uniform or out, and if they sign off at the beginning of the season agreeing not to indulge in drugs or alchohol, they should abide by it. If they don't agree, they shouldn't sign off. It's completely their choice.

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  7. In this issue, I don't think the cheerleader should have been suspended. It is right that cheerleaders should be role models and set examples for their community but she may not have been directly holding the beer. She could have been taking a picture with the other girl at the wedding and not doing any illegal activities. Although it wasn't smart for her to take a picture that would risk her reputation especially on a public site like facebook.

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  8. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, AP Gov Period 4November 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    I think that the school was right to suspend the girl. Even if she may not have been the one holding the beer, there is no way to show that she wasn't either. In that situation there is no way to tell what had actually happened because the photo does not extend low enough to see who's hand it is. In any sense, you should not post things in the internet that you aren't comfortable with everyone in the world seeing. Your name can be googled and things can come up that you least expect; things can resurface after years and can ruin your future. Things that are put on the internet never completely go away. If you put something on the internet that is indecent in some way, a future employer could find it and it could be the reason you are not hired. The internet is not a private place; you should expect that everything you put on facebook will be seen by everyone from your friends to your parents to your administrators.

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  9. kayla rodriguez sloan5November 14, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    this is a little ridiculous. there was not proof that the student actually poured the beverage down her throat. this isnt a school even and i think that a priviacy line was crossed. yes it is on the world wide web, but it was at a family function. i know a lot of persons who underage drink at weddings. and if her school was suspending people for a picture online, they would be suspending a lot more students than just that girl. if i were in her shoes, i would be extremely upset. oh and no offense to cheerleaders because i like a select few, but i dont think that people look up to all of them...just sayin.

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  10. Tiffany Van Vactor Mr. Sloan 5th periodNovember 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Honestly if you want to put something on face book go ahead but before hand think about who might see it and with this picture you cant tell who is actually holding the beer if you want to post a picture of it make sure that it is without a doubt not your beer or anything else so make that it actually shows who is holding it. if it is posted on the internet make sure that you no that it can be acessed by anyone and this stuff will come back and haunt you so no that if you post it on something as public as facebook no that it wont be private no matter what your privacy settings are because soeone you no might actually send it to some one else so all in all becareful of what you post

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  11. Danielle Bulmer-- Bauer-- 4November 15, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    wow.... That is actually kinda funny, but that is the rules sadly; however, rules state that it is only a violation if the student is wearing the schools uniform in the picture. The cheerleader in the picture is not wearing her uniform as shown, which really proves that the girl should not have been suspended because of the picture.

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  12. by putting information about yourself online, it becomes public domain, the fact that the girl was with a fellow minor WITH alcohol, might not be the best message to send out if she is a "role model". when you put yourself online, you give up privacy when you allow someone to view your information, you give up the right to privacy if you dont set your privacy settings. this issue is all on that girl. it's her fault, her bad judgment, and her bad luck that she got caught.

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  13. I think the girl shouldn't have been suspended. That is pretty dumb, But I guess that's the rules which you gotta follow. If her parents say that drink wasn't in her hand then they should I think believe them. I think the girl should have got another chance and not been suspended.
    Sania Bacha
    Bauer, P.3

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  14. I understand the administration's decision to punish the girl because she possessed alcohol which was against the rules for high school athletics. She should have been careful to watch what she posts online especially when someone can leak the photo to the school. The administration did not go around snooping in her facebook page. A fellow student found the photo & presented it to the school. It is unfortunate that the alcohol may not have been consumed by the girl & she was at a family event, however it would have been smarter on her part to have not even posted the photo. I do believe in individual privacy, but it is also the school's job to ensure the safety of its students.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  15. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5November 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    I think the school has the right to punish students who break their contract. That being said, I don't think this girl should have been suspended because there is no proof that shows she did break the contract. The beer bottle may be in the picture, but it is quite possible that she never touched it. Then again, the photo was on the internet and that wasn't smart either. Nothing on the internet is private; everyone has access to everything whether you want to believe it or not.

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  16. That girl obviously thought she was cool putting a picture up of herself next to a beer like that. Even if she wasnt holding it still looked like it was hers. i think its dumb of her to put a pic up like that knowing people would see it, but the school needs to find better things to do than try and police facebook. And if they are going to do that they should suspend all the other cheerleaders with these types of pictures on the internet because more than likely shes not the only one doing it. it seems like a parent who doesnt like this girl sent it in knowing it would get her introuble.
    jake beilby

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  17. I have to agree with the school. She knew that the school policy states that she cannot be in possesion of drugs or alcohol, and she broke that rule. Whether or not she is in possesion of the alcohol cannot be proven either way, so I beleive the school is right in suspending her. I think that a rule of thumb is "Don't put anything online that you wouldnt show you're grandmother" Everything that you put on the internet is public domain, and something you did when you were young and stupid, could come back to haunt you, and strongly effect you're future. Be carful kids :)

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  18. Cheerleaders don't necessarily set as role models, but they do represent their school of which they attend. Anyone posting anything online should not expect privacy. At the same time, it's just cheerleading...her life isn't going to be over because she doesn't cheer anymore.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  19. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2November 15, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    I do not think that a high school administration should suspend a cheerleader over a picture that she has on her personal networking sight. If the student has a decent story behind the picture and the parents are also willing to back that up then I don't believe the school should have a say. However, the student obviously would have known about the drug/alcohol policy and if she had appreciated her spot on the team, she would have thought twice before posting the picture. Like I said, I don't think the girl should have been suspended, but because of this accusation, future cheerleaders and other students who are associated with a sport should all be cautious. Even though you may think that drinking/partying is fun it has its consequences when you're not willing to use your head.

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  20. In my opinion, I think the school took this incident a little too far. The girl's photo was not found by the school, and that was an invasion of privacy on the person's part is showing the school this photo. But it is an the girl's part for making this photo public to the world of the internet. I do believe the girl deserves some punishment for this act, whether or not it was her drink or not, because, like someone stated above this girl is a role-model to the student body of her school. But the punishment was a little TOO severe. And not to talk down on our cheerleaders and such, but this may be too common of an event.

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  21. I side with the school. The school has the right to do whatever they deem necessary in order to stop illegal behavior. It doesn't really matter whose beer it was, why was it in front of her face as if she was drinking it? She only took that picture in order to look cool, and the school did the right thing by punishing her. Next time maybe she will think before she does something so unwise. Also, why is her parent condoning this sort of behavior? She should be reprimanded not told that it was ok. Finally, I would like to applaud CNN on their ability to get both sides of the story, so that we don't just listen to the teen's point of view. This way we can actually hear the schools side, and see what the truth really is. That kind of unbaised journalism is rare these days, so I am very pleased to see that someone is still doing it.
    Oshalim
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  22. I think thats kind of ridiculous I mean first of all I dont think people look up to cheerleaders. I mean they are not role models for students. Also if it was not her holding the beer than there is nothing wrong with that. I think they should ease off.

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  23. i believe that the cheerleader should not be suspended because she wasnt even holding the bottle and seh wasnt even wearing anything that was representing the cheerleading squad. It wouls be a different story if she was wearing her uniform.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Sloan government.

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  24. bauer 4th
    jacob farrar

    Nope, the school first has to proove that she was consuming the beer becuse it isnot illigle for a minor to "Hold" a beer. You should alwase be carful what u but online becuse just assume that everybody will c it and it will never go away.There has to be another side to this story becuse the evedence doesnt hold up to the actions...

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  25. I think that this is ridiculous. I agree with the school that she should be suspended, but not over a facebook photo. Facebook is not school, the picture was not taken at school, and they should have just asked her to take the picture off of the website. There was no clear evidence that she had drank any alcohol and I don't think that she should have been suspended.

    Chris Woodard
    Bauer P.3

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  26. The student knew the athletic policy and still posted this picture, whether she was holding the bottle or not. It does look like she is about to consume some alcohol though, and she did admit to holding it at another point of the wedding. The suspension was her fault for posting this picture on facebook where everyone can see showing her with a bottle.

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  27. Kyle Maples - Bauer Period 1November 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    The school in my mind has all the rights to suspending this girl. If you do not want the entire world to see what you put on Facebook and you are not ready to face the consequences then you should not have a Facebook or even post on it. Many schools and classes have Facebook pages. Why should it be any different if it's a students page or not when Facebook was originally a form of communication between colleges which are infect school. The same rules should apply. I funky support the school in their decision.

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  28. The school should not had suspended the cheerleader for the picture she took because pictures are not always what they apear to be. people mess around with pictures alot, not because they had a beer in their hand it means that they were drinking. a parent wouldnt lie anout their child drinking alcohol. the school tooked it a little to far.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.2

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  29. I believe that the school shouldn't have suspended the girl because she wasn't wearing anything to represent the school. Not anyone will know that she is a cheerleader unless they bring it up and make a scandle out of it like this one. I think the school should have given her a warning. Besides, many students like playing around with pictures. This took place out of the school so they shouldn't have suspended her.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
    Per:2

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  30. I don't think the school should have suspended her from cheer leading because she didn't come to school drunk or with beer in her possession and she was with her parents who are responsible for her. But I do agree that if you want something private then you shouldn't put it on the internet where everyone has access to it.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 1

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  31. to be honest the decision could go either way but the whole thing seems a bit stupid to me. it wasnt like the girl was in her cheerleading outfit or was holding the beer in her hand when the picture was taken. what the girl does on her own time is none of the schools concern. schools these days take things way to serious.

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  32. I do not believe it is any of the schools business what this girls post on her Facebook as long as it is not threatening others. Let her parents handle it.

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  33. I believe this is a parents responsibility. Her parents even stand up for her daughter for she wasnt the one holding the beer. unless its a convicted crime, schools cant control life outside of school hours.

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  34. The school does not have rights to suspend over this matte, its not clear that the beer was hers or if she even drank it. People should watch what they place on Facebook, but it not a during school and it is a violation of personal privacy, if the picture was on her binder that may be a different story. Sloan p3

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  35. I don't think that the school should have suspended that girl. she wasn't at school with the alcohol so it shouldn't matter to them what she was doing. once we are out of school it shouldn't matter to them what we do. Sloan per 1

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  36. The school had absolutely no right to suspend the cheerleader because she was not on school property or at a public event promoting the school. I understand that placing the picture on the internet waives the right to privacy for the girl, however this would be a matter for the police and not the school. There was no actual proof that the girl was drinking and it isn't something the school needs to worry about because she is off campus and at a private function that had nothing to do with the school.

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  37. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1November 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I agree that all students representing the school in any way should be striving to set a good example and a good reputation for the school. I also agree that some things are better left private and those things should not be posted on the internet, the internet is not a place of privacy at all.

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  38. The school shouldn't have suspended the girl for something she could or could not have done. Also the girl wasn't at the school or school event so the policy shouldn't have applied to the situation. While i agree nothing is private if posted on the internet the school shouldn't be able to suspend the girl if not on school property or school event.

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  39. karina ramos mr sloan period 1

    i dont think that that girl should have gotten suspended. i think this because she wasnt at school and she wasnt wearing her cheerleading uniform. whatever you do out of school should stay out of school and the school should stay out of students outsides lives. this is an invasion of our privacy. i mean cheerleaders do represent our schools more than students and since cheerleaders do represent us they should do it in the right ways. because if they dont this would bring a bad reputation of the whole school. and that would be verry bad!

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  40. I think that the school is right to suspend the girl for what she did. The administration said the when they asked her questions she admitted to having beer in her possesion at a certain time in the party, but not in the picture. There is no way for the school to really know whether the girl was holding the beer, but since she confesed there is no reason to think that there was violation of privacy.

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  41. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Per. 4
    I believe that the school was right to suspend the cheerleader for having the pictures on the internet, because whoever has a page on the internet should be careful on what they post. Also, I think that by the fact that she is a cheerleaer I think she should be a good example or influence for the young ones that would like to be a cheerleader. I think that they should know better on what or what not to post because they know that, thats what its for, for people to see their things, so they would have known better that someone would see it, and in this case it was the school that found out.

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  42. I personally think that the school did take it alittle too far. What people do outside of school should not really concern them unless the problem is severe in some sort of way. But since the cheerleader is in fact a role model she should be punished but to an extent. But not suspend? Thats outrageous
    Adilene vazquez
    Sloan period 1

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  43. i agree with Christina Luna, if they dont have enough evdince and the parents personaly tell them that she did NOT hold the beer bottle then it must be true. They school CAN NOT get ENOUGH evdince of a picture that do NOT show their hands. Also the school shouldnt be making a big deal, becuase the girl was at her sister's wedding and NOT ON school grounds, therefor the school should NOT be looking into the life of the students outside of school time. NO MATTER IF THEY ARE ON ANY TEAM SPORTS, if they fail and choose do to the wrong thing then thats on the students!
    ~Rene Bonilla
    Bauer 4th

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  44. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4November 16, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I believe that the girl did have the right to take the picture, but her mistake was trying to look cool and posting it on facebook because technically once you put something up in the internet it is not private anymore. Also she should not have taken a picture that would made her look bad, she could have taken same pose and not put the beer in the equation. But i believe that the school did go far, by using something from the internet but if they had a policy that is fair because she had to have known or else why would she have joined the squad. Technically she should have known better and not taken that compromising picture(and if so do not post it on facebook dummy).

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  45. Alexis Watson Bauer 3November 16, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    People should follow the laws of the state and country. Of course it is illegal to drink under the age of 21 in the US, so the cheerleader is breaking the law. It may be allowed in her parent's opinions, but it is still illegal. If you do something illegal and don't want to be punished, you should have the sense to not post it on the internet where the entire world can find it.

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  46. I don't think that girl should have been suspended because the school didn't have enough support to prove that she was holding the drink.I don't think the school should have gotten involved because this didn't happen on campus, this was something that happened in her social life outside of school. It should be her parents that punished her if she did it, not the school.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  47. We don't know for sure if she had a beer or not but she should have know not to put the picture online. Once you post something online it will never go away. If you feel you got nothing to lose by puttin' certain things up like that then by all means. But if you represent some organization or group like that it might be smart to have a clean page. I don't think it's right on the privacy standards for her to get suspended but she put it up at her own risk..seems like someone was out to get her hahaha. I mean who goes to show "the authorities" of the school a picture on facebook to get a girl suspended off a squad haha.

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  48. I have absolutely no sympathy for the girl. IT was dumb to post incriminating evidence on the web.
    The school is right in their actions. Cheer-leading is a privilege not a right.
    The school followed school code and suspended her privilege.
    The girl apparently even admitted to having a beer that night anyways.

    Please do not complain when the growling dog bites you underneath the "beware of dog" sign.


    I think the greatest crime here, is that this event has reached the news.
    Caleb Newman

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  49. Miriam Bejines p.5 Mr.SloanNovember 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    I don't think the school should had the right to suspend the cheerleader because they are not one hundred percent sure that shewas the one holding the bottle plus the girl was not at school time or campus.I think school did wrong on suspending her.

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  50. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1November 16, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    I'm not sure if the school should have punished her for it. I would understand if her cheer coaches did something about it, but I don't think the school officials should have gotten involved because it wasn't at school or on school grounds. If the coaches did something, I think it would be acceptable.

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  51. i think that the school should of not suspended her because what people do outside of school is none of the schools business. if they had a problem with it they should of just asked her to take the photo off of Facebook not suspend her.

    Chris long ,Mr.Bauer, p.3

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  52. I don't think it was right for the school to suspend that cheerleader over a picture especially if it was off school grounds and on a weekend. A school like that one should be more concerned about issuses within their own campus; what students do off campus when school is over should be the least of schools' problems.

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  53. This story can be seen either way, the school or the girl can be right. Yes she should be a role model, and she also knew about the policy, but should she be punished for something she did outside of school, on her own time, i dont think so. But if she simply didnt put the picture on facebook she wouldnt be faced with this problem, This can go either way i can't choose because the right of privacy is being disrupted, but at the same time facebook is a public networking site.

    Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per.5

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  54. Whilst I think that maybe the school shouldn't have been snooping on her Facebook page in the first place, I do believe that this is a lesson for people to have to realize the consequences of their actions. While we do have the freedom of speech, so long as there is someone who enacts a policy against certain things, you must be aware that that could get you in trouble.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  55. In my opinion, the school doesn't really have a right to suspend her because they don't have specific evidence that she was holding the alcoholic beverage. Sure she should have thought before putting it on facebook, but it didn't happen so, they need to let it go. They don't have enough proof.

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  56. I think that the school took it too far they shouldnt have suspended.They dont have full proof that shows that she was drinking,what if the other girl was drinking the beer and it came out in the picture.Its not the schools buisness to be looking what bad things students do out of school.

    -tania hinojosa
    P5 SLOAN

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  57. Joeylee Maimone, Sloan 4
    I don't think any school really needs to be acting as a spy on students facebook profiles. What we do outside of school doesn't really involve them. I do agree that people shouldn't be posting stuff on the internet that they wouldn't want their family or random people to see but this girls parents were apparently okay with the drink. Facebook is just for fun, anything on the internet really shouldn't be taken serious in the first place.

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  58. Faye Roberson, Bauer, period 5November 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I dont think that she should have been suspended if the other girl in the picture was in fact holding the drink and her mother was even defending her at the chool. The student didnt even appear to be drunk in any way and the picture didnt say "hey its cool to drink". Eith that being said i believe that she shouldnt have posted the picture on facebook if she realy wanted privacy. facebook is a very open website, and you can acess alot of information about anybody on there unless you set everything as private. She also is supposed to be a romodel because she is a cheerleader but then again i dont know of any cheerleader who hasnt messed up before.

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  59. i dont think the school schould have suspended her because theres no proof she drank the beer or was even holding it.
    but she also shouldn't put pictures that could get her in trouble on line

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  60. I don't think it was right for the school to suspend her from cheering. They do not have clear evidence that she was even drinking. And besides it was not like it was on school grounds it was at a wedding and on a weekend. Even though i don't think it was a good idea to post it on the internet, because there is no privacy whatsoever on the internet.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  61. While I believe that the school has no business snooping on students facebook profiles in attempt to possibly get them in trouble, I also dont believe the girl shouldve put up this picture. As a cheerleader myself, I do beleive that we should be setting an example and as a matter of fact, were personally not allowed to have any pictures of that kind online at all;we are told in the first place that we will get benched...anyways, its her fault for putting up the picture in the first place..sure..go ahead,go to your cousins wedding,have a beer, but dont be dumb enough to put it online if theres a chance you will get in trouble for it.

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  62. i dont think that the school should even have been brought into her personal life, if she wasnt at school why should they even be involved? i dont agree with the fact that when you post things on the internet the should be private, because if you put something on the internet..expect anyone to be able to have access to it. i do not agree with the school. even if this girl was drinking a beer its no business of the school...unless she came to school drunk or something, which she didnt.

    Hayley Swearingen
    Sloan Per. 4

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  63. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5November 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    I don't think that the school should have gone that far to suspend her because of a picture at her sisters weding. And because her parents were fighting that the picture wasn't her holding the beer then the school didn't have enough evidence to suspend her.

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  64. I think that the school took it too far. There is no clear evidence that she is the one holding the beer. Her parents are defending her, telling the school she wasnt holding it. Since it was not at school I dont think the school should get invovled.

    Mr. Sloan, p.1

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  65. The girl posted that picture on facebook; a public website. If she didn't want people to see it, she woudn't have uploaded it. She claims to be the one not holding the beer, but the picture cannot prove that. However, I don't think that the school has the right to assume that she not only held the alcohol, but consumed it as well. This choice could really go either way.

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  66. I side with the school because since she is like a model for the people that suroond her she sould be at her best behavior and that they had all the right to suspend her for what she did because she was advertising drinking there for the school did good on suspending her

    Richard Manzo
    Sloan pr.5

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  67. Alondra Munoz Sloan P.5November 16, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Well, if you know its wrong and its a school policy that involving yourself with alcohol is a violation, why do it and post it online? But i don't agree with the school. They should not be interfering with the students life outside the school. Still, the girl should not have posted the pictures if it was a probability that she would get in trouble.

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  68. CECyy G. :) Sloan p.4November 16, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    theres two sides of this story. one the cheerleader's story and the schools story. Whose word do u take? If the girl says she wasnt drinking it there, but the school administration says that " at one point she confessed to having a beer in her hand" then who is the public supposed to believe. She is old enough to know the law and know that drinking below the age of 21 is illegal. The school did go too far in suspending her from the rest of the games of the season, but she should of still gotten some other punishment. The school should watch out for students bringing alcohol to school, and should stop worrying about what goes outside of school

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  69. This is soooo stereotypical haha and you don't need proof that she drank it, the world isn't stupid. I think it is a combination: I think the school shouldn't be looking at student's facebook pages, but the student should know better than to post that on her facebook. She agreed to follow those guidelines when she decided to become a cheerleader and she left proof of her breaking them on the front of her facebook... Really now? Come on grow up take responsibility and learn from it. Also... who looks up to cheerleaders? Honestly haha

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  70. Michael Freeman Sloan per.5November 16, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    I believe that the school had no right to suspend her from her games. I believe this because her face book account is not school related, nor should the school have the right to check it for things to prosecute her with. Yes face book is public, but to monitor students after school is a bit much. In a normal case, if she was posting pictures that had a clear image of her drinking and so on, then I don't blame the school. But this picture can't support her story or the schools side, so it should have been dropped.

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  71. I think the girl shouldnt be suspended because she wasnt wearing her cheerleader uniform in the picture. This issue was outside of school so it shouldnt even matter to the school, the girl has her own life too outside of school. The parents even said said that it wasnt there daughter holding the beer bottle so thats enough of the evidence.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr.Bauer
    Period 2

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  72. every school has a low tolerance policy of drugs and alcohals, well we students also have a low tolerance of the school's "pointy fingers." If the cheerleader had in fact taken a picture with a beer in her hand, then whether the school likes it or not they like all other accusers need hard evidence that it was in fact the cheerleaders hand that was holding the beer. But what worries we teens the most is that our violation of a private engagement of our lives was opened for publics view and used against us for having the time of our life at such special events. Its wrong and should not be done to anyone. So no the girl should not be suspended

    Joeliane Muegge P.5 Sloan

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  74. Julia said...
    I think the situation is complicated and shady. Obviously there is a no alcohol policy and not a lot of hard evidence of who was drinking. but the girl still should not have put herself in the situation. its not like they kicked her off the team, she is just suspended. the whole situation is dumb and preventable.

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  75. Breana Spiro sloan p.4

    well first of all what was the teacher doing on facbook was he snooping around is my first question and second why is it any of their buisness. But if you look at the picture it totally looks like she is holding it there is no escaping that and even though the school shouldnt have been snooping around she got caught and i believe she got what she deserved you should be aware of what you post and know that if what you post can cause problems just dont do it

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  76. Ok, so the school had no right to suspend her...why were they even on her fb?
    being a cheerleader, she should have known the consequences, and known that the coaches had every right to suspend her from games.
    She had one beer in her hand, and they can't even prove that she was drinking.plus she was outside of school, if the school would have looked at other student profiles, almost half of them would be.suspended too cause there are some crazy things kids post...
    Rebecca miles
    Ba

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  77. i agree with the guy if you cant show you grandma the picture then you shouldnt post it on the internet for everyone to see. employers look at their future employes myspace and facebook just to see what kind of a person you are. petafiles can access many things on the internet so people really need to be careful what they put out there. cheerleaders represent a school so they need to not put out a bad reputation for the school or cheerleaders. so i think that by the school doing this will remind people that you have to be careful what you put on the internet because you dont know who will be viewing it.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan
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  78. I believe that this is the most ridiculous issue ive ever heard of. First of all, she is not on school grounds or at a school activity so there should be no reason for the school to even put there 2 cents into this. Its also kind of dumb that the school is accusing her of something that they have no full proof of. But it is true what souza said, that she shouldnt have been posting those pictures in the first place, and now she is suspended because of it...OH WELLL!

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  79. Margarita Flores per.5 Mr.BauerNovember 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    A high school administration shouldn't have suspend a cheerleader over a picture of her at a wedding with a beer in her hand. and if the student and her parents argued that she was not even the person holding the beer but the other young lady in the photograph with her. The school administration cites school athletic policy regarding drug and alcohol possession. but as long ass its not at school they have no control of the students so they shouldn't get in trouble. Three basic opinions arise in the video clip, the example cheerleaders set as role models yeah they may be in tittle for that but as long as there doing that in school outside it shouldn't matter, privacy should be given to everyone, and the complete lack of privacy why would they even be wasting there time looking at students face book just to get them in trouble that's just not cool.

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  80. I am in favor with the school. When things like that are posted o the internet it isn't private because everyone has access to it. If it's something you wouldn't want your grandma looking at then it shouldn't be posted in the first place. She broke the rule and she has to deal with the consequences.

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  81. I don't care if the beer had her name written on it in bold letters, the school had no business interfering with her personal life. Don't get me wrong, she's an idiot for posting that on facebook. Kids get caught for that all of the time. But I believe that as long as she doesn't do illegal activities on school grounds or during school hours that she should not be penalized.

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  82. Raul Soto period4 Mr. SloanNovember 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    A cheerleader should not be suspended for having a picture on face book that appears to look like she drinking it. First because the school should give students there privacy and second because it might have not even been hers like her and her mom and dad argued and third because it is out of school and she is not under school authority its under her parents and if it was her sisters wedding that means her parents were there and only they can get her in trouble.

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  83. Morgan Woods -----> Bauer Per.1November 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Why doesn't our school crack down on this stuff? I see tons of pictures like this and it seems like every other kid on campus is going to parties and drinking, yet our school does nothing about, instead our school board decides to criticize the music played at a rally. our school needs to step it up and start laying down the law on the students who are participating in these things.

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  84. Vicente Chavez
    Per.5th
    My opinion towards this blog is that it was not right for that teen to get suspended and maybe her and her mom are right that she was not drinking. Also I dissagree with the actions that the school took because this wasn't in school and the picture does not show her takin in the alcohol so they can not proof that she was drinkin just by looking at the picture. If there would have been a video it would have been different because than it would be proven that she was drinking and violated the terms of her as a cheerleader. I think that this violated her privacy and her life because it is her life and her mother was there so it shouldn't be much of a problem.

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  85. I don't think the girl should have been suspended form the cheerleading squad. The girl was not actually drinking the beer and she wasn't the one holding it So it was not in her posession. And even if she was just holding the bottle she shouldn't be suspended because she didn't drink it. She lost her privacy by posting it on the internet, but she shouldn't have been suspeded. I agree with Alison, she was at a private event and it's not something the school shold be worried about. If she was actually drinking the beer, that would be a different story.

    Sloan. P.2

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  86. It isn't clear whose beer that was, but I guess it was right for the school to suspend her from cheerleading.
    In that picture, the bottle's right in front of her face while she's pretending to drink/lick it.

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  87. I believe the school shouldn't have suspended the cheerleader. First off they can't even prove if she really drank the beer or not. Second, they can't prove if it really was her holding it. And lastly, the school shouldn't be concerned with what went on in the girl's private life. It isn't any of their business.
    Ryan Klucznik
    Bauer
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  88. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4November 16, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    The cheerleader should not have been suspended for the picture. The picture was taken off of school campus and the event was not school related. The school should not have the power to suspend people over what happens in their private life. If anyone actually has the power to do something over the picture, it might be law enforcement because of underage drinking, but the parents say that she is not drinking. Also the school and school staff should have better things to do than look at student's Facebook pages and then decide to punish them for a photo.

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  89. Jackie Douglas Bauer P.2November 16, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    She shouldn't have been suspended because regardless of her drinking or not, it wasn't on school campus. The school shouldn't have a say in the things that go on off campus. If she was drinking on school grounds, then by all means suspend her; however that is not the case here.

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  90. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3November 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    I do not think that the cheerleader should have been suspended for a picture. it was at her sisters wedding which has nothing to do with school and the administration.Also, at that time it is up to the parents of the cheerleader to decide whether or not she should have a beer.

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  91. I do not think the school should have suspended the cheerleader. First of all, she wasn't even on school property. Second, the school was not responsible for her safety at the time so i don't think they have a right to suspend her for doing something that was her choice. Third, at a private event i don't think schools should intervene, thats like requiring students to wear tracking devices so the school can check on them.

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  92. I think the girl should have known that anything posted online is public information and she should have been more careful with her facebook page. The school had grounds in suspending her because she did admit to possessing a beer during the wedding. Athletes are expected to be examples on and off the field/court/whatever and by signing that document at the beginning of her season she accepted the terms that later came back to bite her.
    Caleb Boyd
    Sloan
    Per. 2

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  93. People, especially teens, need to realize that nothing on the internet is private. When it gets put out there, its out there forever for anyone to see. Regardless of whether the beer was hers or not, she was seen to be with the beer and ok with it, most definately having a good time. This is not the kind of example she should be making for "younger eyes". Get over the fact that nothing on the internet is private and respect your school's rules. They aren't out to get her, but she is now an example to other students who participate in this type of behavior and flaunt it.

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  94. I don't think that the cheerleader should have been suspended because the picture had nothing to do wiht the school. The picture was not taken at a school event or under school supervision so the school should not worry about it. It also is not right for the school to enter a students social webpage, such as facebook.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  95. I think that unless she was caught in possesion of a beer on school grounds then they should NOT have the power to punish her. Also, because there was no exact proof that she held the beer in the picture, and that ur being suspened was based on an assuption, i dont think it reasinable for her to get a punishment. However, i do agree that she shouldnt have posted that kind of a picture on facebook because as someone said in the video, dont post anything on facebook that tou woldnt show your grandma.

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  96. Brian Magina,Sloan P.3November 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    The regulation is obviously stated so in my eyes she is guilty for what she has done. Yes there is a possibility that she could have not done it, but to just hold the beer is a violation and she deserves her punishment. Maybe people can use this as a sign to not put stupid pics up on FB and learn from this lesson. I sure am =)

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  97. I think the school had no right to suspend the girl.No clear evidence showed that she had the beer in her hand and that she was drinking any.Plus, why does the school go through student's facebook pages? Dont they have better things to do?
    Jose Alvarez.Sloan p4

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  98. I don't think that the school should have suspended her from cheering at the last two games. Had they been able to prove that she was drinking, they may have had a case, but for a student with a good record (I'm assuming), she should not have been punished so severely. Students with truly damaging habits, such as drugs or a constant relationship with alcohol, should be monitored and perhaps deal with some consequences, minor offenses like this should not be punished so severely. That being said, anything that goes on the internet is subject to controversy and review by different people in an authority position, and they have the power to punish however they see fit.

    Emily Dirksen
    Bauer
    AP Gov

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  99. Why is this even a news story? Our soldiers are dying in Afghanistan and Obama is selling out this country to China, yet CNN spends three minutes talking about a teenager on Facebook. Absurd...
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  100. I don't she should be suspended because they cannot tell whether she has the drink or not. Secondly, even if she does have the beer, cheer leading has nothing to do with her drinking because it's not during school activities or time. It has nothing at all to do with school.

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  101. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2November 16, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    These school administrators need to actually be doing their jobs instead of worry over stupid stuff like this. The goverment wonders why schools are so broke and students are preforming so badly, its becuase you have idiots like this more focused on what students are doing on their own time than on their education. One beer never hurt anybody, in Germany people are allowed to start drinking beer at the age of sixteen and I guarentee you that country has higher test scores than ours.

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  102. Tyler Glenn per.3 SloanNovember 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    This is not right at all they should not be able to do this one because it is on the weekend and two they don't have evidence it was her. Its not like she had the picture on her binder or at school it was on the computer. It was not school related so she should not be punished at the school. Yes, the school policy stated no alcohol and drugs but it would be a different story if they were drunk at school. Worse cases of this arise and the student gets suspended from the team for a few games. So kicking her off the cheerleading squad was pretty major and if the school hadnt invaded her privacy none of it would of happened.

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  103. I don't think it was under the school's authority to punish someone with suspension over something she did outside of school. I believe its the parents response ability to deliver a punishment or the police if necessary. I don't think the beer she was caught with was disrupting learning for any other students, so why bother?
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Per. 1

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  104. I don't think it was fair that the cheerleader got suspended because she posted a pic of her with a beer in facebook. Sober or not from the wedding, the school cannot suspend her for doing something illegal under age because she did not do it in school grounds.

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  105. ricardo villalpandoNovember 17, 2010 at 6:14 AM

    I side with the girl because what ever she does after school is her problem and even if she did get dunk , she did not do it on school grounds there for the school had no right to suspend her

    Ricardo Villalpando
    pr.5 sloan

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  106. I believe that the school is dumb for this. The girl should have her own privaxy without the school district getting into her business that is outside of school. if our school did that then a ton of people in sports or cheerleading would be suspended. the girl shouldnt be suspended.

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  107. Richard May Mr. sloan Per. 4November 17, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Yes the school can have a strict atheletic antidrug and alcohol policy but that is not grounds for suspenssion. It could be grounds for removal from the team, also it could just be a joke, i mean people take photos like this all the time to give the impression that they were drinking. To hs students it is all about slef image.

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  108. To be honest, I've never really thought of cheerleaders as role models. The movies never try to make them out to be, and us nerdy kids are always taught to think that they do this kind of stuff. I'm not saying that it is the case, of course--plenty do not--I'm simply saying that the image is perhaps not always the one of a role-model for many. However, while I believe you should not be putting inappropriate things on your facebook, I also believe that the school does not have a right to suspend a girl for posing for a picture if they have no proof she was actually drinking.

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  109. I think that a school should respect the privacy of students; the students should be able to do things outside of school without school officials checking up on them.

    Omar Hoyos

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  110. EJ Keller
    Sloan Per.4
    I believe that the student should have not been suspended because if students arent allowed to access facebook online at school why should school adminastators be able to suspend a student? What students do outside of school is their own business not the school's.

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  111. I believe that the school must have proper evidence that she was consuming alcohol. Also I do not think that photos on facebook should be used to punish someone at school. It is their own private life and the school should not interfere with it. I dont think it is smart that she would put this picture up, but I still do not think she should have been suspended for it.

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  112. I think it's pretty stupid that a school went this far in suspending a student. Sure, there are rules but that doesn't mean they can go track her down and what not. She has the right to her privacy.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  113. Jacqueline OlympiusNovember 17, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    I do not believe whatsoever that the school had the right to do this. The only way I could see this young lady fit to receive punishment is if the school didn't do it themselves but instead gave the local police a lead and they saw the picture and took care of it how they wished. Facebook is no way affiliated with school as it is actually BLOCKED at school as well as the wedding had NOTHING to do with school (it wasn't like the pic. was at a dance or something). So, on this basis, I believe the school shouldn't have done what they did as there was no just reasoning for it.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  114. I'm strongly against school administration interfering with students' after school lives. I believe that school administration's responsibility is only with the students during school hours and on school campus. Besides, cheerleaders aren't role models in the first place. Nobody cares about what cheerleaders do on their free time.
    Conner Woods Bauer

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  115. My opinion is a lot of kids get caught up with the possession phrase at school but a lot of kids think that this rule doesn't apply outside of school. They just didn't know what the outcome was going to be.

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  116. i believe that this girl should not have been suspeneded. she clearly stated that she was not drinking at her SISTERS WEDDING. yeah she should have had more witnesses but the school shouuld have had more proof. they shouldnt have suspened her and aslo the girl shouldnt have posted the picture online. if she knew it could get her in trouble, then she shouldn't have done it.
    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  117. It is an invasion of privacy for the school to suspend the cheerleader by looking at her profile on facebook. That being said, she still deserved it because she was stupid enough to put that picture for her facebook

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  118. I dont think you should be suspended for anything you do outside of school. The school should only be able to hold you responsible for what you do on campus and/or during school hours. The cheerleader was at a wedding in her private time, doing nothing that involved the school.

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  119. I having a difficult time understanding why someone would go on a students profile, find a picture that may or may not prove their guilt, and send it to the administration. Who has time for that? Jackie makes a good point, Facebook isn't even viewable at school. Yes it is extremely stupid to post inappropriate pictures on a social network, however I do not think a school can intervene on a students personal profile. Just because it is a policy does not make it right.

    Gabriella Cello
    p.3
    Mr. Sloan

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  120. The school administration should have not suspeneded this cheeleader over a photo on facebook. They are violating her privacy rights in all ways possible. I understand that cheerleaders set an example, but she was not even the holding the beer. It was the other person's choice to hold the beer not the girl who got suspended. This an unfair punishment because the girl did not violate the alcohol use! She was not the one drinking the beer!The school should have not gone as far as to see her facebook, that is outrageous.

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  121. In my opinion, the school administration took it too far. They basically jumped to conclusions, judging by what they saw in the photo. The school has no right to suspend the girl. It wasn't as if she was on school grounds, drinking alcohol. She even clearly stated that the drink wasn't even in her hands.

    Sloan P.2

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  122. In my opinion I dont think that the school should be looking at anyones facebook or myspace profiles, but she did agree with the teams "contract" which was to not post pictures showing drugs or alcohol under any circumstances and now she has to suffer the consequences whether she likes it or not.

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  123. i dont think that the girl should have been suspended because there was no evidence, but i do agree that people shouldnt put up pictures like that because it will cause a problem. and if it really was her beer that she was holding, then i guess she got what she deserved.
    ~~brooke fletcher
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  124. another ridiculous situtaion?? since when can we be suspended from pictures online ive heard of the police watchin u for the pictures you put online(through experience) but the school really. no matter how they obtained that picture if it were me i would have been mad thats my private life although it is public it wasnt on school grounds, but they have a point there rules were specific too bad she did wrong all though it wasnt her by her words.
    Francisco Gonzalez
    Mr.bauer p 2

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  125. As a cheerleader myself, I see it important to keep a responsible public figure role model. When you think of cheerleaders, you think of SCHOOL spirit and someone who respresents the SCHOOL or certain organization. The school didn't have a right to go through her facebook or myspace, correct, but a parent brought it to the schools attention where they had to take action. I believe the school was wrong in suspending her when the photo simply could have been removed. It's a tough lesson learned.

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  126. i think that what the school did was extremly uncalled for. so many people put things online that is fake, like maybe having bottled in there hand so they seem like tney drink and people think there cool or something. but i think schools going into your facebook or something is an invation of privacy, because its only for friends to see. not schools. cus i dont think anyone considers their schools as friends.

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  127. Well the girl should of never posted that picture to avoid the whole thing. The school should of not even worried about that because it has nothing to with school. If she was actually caught drinking or using drugs then yeah suspend her.

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  128. I think the school took it a little to far especially when the girl wasnt holding the beer and ya its at a wedding they arnt just going to have all soda and those fancy soda waters. A wedding is a celebration to be happy and they are always going to have some type of drinking and their are also adults that are there to celebrate too and why would a school look at a girls facebook page? Its not like they were at school.

    Aniscia Silva
    sloan
    Per 5

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  129. Haley Collins (Sloan Period One)December 15, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Alright I honestly believe that the school needs to suspend this cheerleader. Cheerleading is not only an image of the school but an image for an individual. Seriously, she had no right to post a picture like that. We have students that were at our school last year who were caught with pictures like that on their myspaces. I really think they should have been suspended, or even kicked off the squad... not only is it unfair to the schools image... it's unfair to the squad

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  130. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    I dont think schools have the right to get people in trouble over a picture on facebook. although its still a public site that is their own privacy they put on their page.

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  131. Deanna Rieger Phenix p.1

    this girl should not have been suspended. its not like the cheerleader was a drinking a beer at school or any school activities. what us teens do on the weekends or after school hours is private and we should not get in trouble for it. the only reason an administrator should be on face book is to get students in trouble for bad behavior while at school or for evidence that students were under the influence during school activities and school hours. us students do the facebook thing to talk to our peers and family, not to keep contact with the school. plus what teen doesnt drink? and influencing others is a poor excuse because once a child is in high school they are influenced by others around them and the choices they make is on them! so whether this girl was drinking or not she should have not got suspended!

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