Spike Lee retweet threatens an elderly couple’s safety
As the controversy surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin continues, more problems are popping up around it, such as an elderly couple feeling unsafe in their own home. Twitter user Marcus D. Higgins took to the social network last week to make known the supposed address of the man that shot Martin, George W. Zimmerman. He tweeted the address to a large amount of users that had tweeted about the case, such as Spike Lee. Lee retweeted the address to his 240,000 followers.
But it turned out that the address was not the address of the Zimmerman that shot Martin. It was actually the home of David McClain and his wife, Elaine. Elaine was previously married to a man with the last name of Zimmerman and George W. is her son. George has not lived at that address in seven years. David and Elaine had to flee to a hotel because of hate mail and people showing up at their house. Lee has since apologized and agreed to compensate them for the disruption.
NBA introduces line of Twitter handle t-shirts
Last week, the NBA began selling official t-shirts that feature the Twitter handles of some of the big names in the league, such as Jeremy Lin, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Durant. The front of the shirts display a hashtag along with the logo of the player’s team. The back of the shirts are jersey-style, only instead of the player’s name above their number, it displays the player’s Twitter handle.
The NBA has always been one of the more social-savvy pro-sports leagues, and this idea seems to be a first in pro sports. Websites have sold t-shirts with similar ideas, and other sports leagues have featured Twitter handles on jerseys, this seems to be the first time a professional sports league has sold merchandise featuring Twitter handles. Would you wear one?
High school student expelled for tweeting profanity
Mere months before graduation, Austin Carroll was expelled from his Indiana high school for a tweet containing the “f-bomb.” The tweet was sent from his own home and from his personal account.
The problem is that the school told Carroll’s mother, Pam Smith, that Carroll was accessing Twitter from a school-issued laptop, although Carroll says that he was on his personal computer. Carroll is now attending an alternative high school and will be able to receive a diploma, but reports that he is disappointed that he won’t be able to partake in popular senior-year activities such as prom.
This only one of the several current examples of schools disciplining students for content posted on social networks. All examples are surrounded by controversy and debate because right now, the U.S. Supreme Court has not made clear how schools can punish students in cases involving social media.