Alex Blaze

Teens can speak out... for better or for worse

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 19, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Catholic church, Constance McMillen, pedophilia, school, teens


A CATHOLIC college student who falsely accused a teacher of being a gay paedophile on Facebook has escaped with just a suspension.

Philip Morison, the principal of Emmanuel College, Warrnambool, said that the junior secondary student had posted false sexual innuendo about the teacher on the social networking site.[...]

"I asked him (the student) why he did it, and he basically thought it was just a bit of fun."

Mr Morison said the student had apologised and was back at school. The site had been shut down immediately it was detected.

Fortunately the kid admitted it was a joke and didn't stick to his story, worried that he'd get in trouble if he did say it was a joke. That's commendable on some level.

It should serve as a reminder to folks up in the US that there's a reason we don't just accept any accusation as true just because it's been made. People lie. They lie about terrible things and they do it for a plethora of reasons and sometimes they don't even have a reason. But just because someone's been accused of a crime, doesn't mean that they actually did it. That's why we require prosecutors to meet a burden of proof and consider people innocent until proven otherwise.

Constance McMillen, the teen trying to go to prom in Mississippi, was on Ellen, and that awesome video is after the jump. She reminds people like me who work with teens and kids that they aren't all bad. Some have good heads on their shoulders.

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The internet creates so many implications for free speech that its worth being really cautious about what you read online. The stuff on facebook and twitter is mild in comparison to what is said and written on or

But another question is why would Philip stoop to that level. It's not right and why would he choose that type of joke?