Mom’s Facebook status gets kid kicked out of pre-school
Mom’s complaint about school on social media leads to her child’s expulsion.
When a mom took to Facebook to complain about her child’s pre-school, the school responded by invoking the handbook of rules she’d signed, in particular the rule about not “sowing discord” and told her that her son could no longer attend, according to Gawker.

The Christian pre-school did not take kindly to her post on Facebook which read: “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will's School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant?” She had tagged the school in her update. The school responded with a letter which said that she’d utilized social media to call into question the integrity but the intelligence of the staff, and that this violated the school's rules.

The mother has since expressed her dismay that her son would get booted out over a comment that she’d made, but reports on the incident have also drawn criticism over her online behaviour; the fact that she’d tagged the school in a moan about the school rather than follow procedure and complain via the correct channels. Some have said that it wasn't fair of the school to penalise her son for something she said, but others insist the school was right to respond that way.

Rudeness and social media etiquette

Not all that happens on social media is bad, but there’s a side to it which allows people to vent their complaints and trade insults. It’s almost as though the online space has different standards for what is acceptable dialogue- while people wouldn’t necessarily be rude in person, online they are quick to say whatever they like, often forgetting that there can be consequences.

Parents aren’t immune to this- some parents get targeted by other parents who insult their parenting styles (or their kids) and other parents get into meaningless arguments over trivial issues.

Children who are exposed to this online warring may adopt this behaviour themselves. If they see it as acceptable to say whatever they like without moderating their own comments they may find themselves in trouble with their own school or, later on, when trying to get work.

Your social media channels may be yours in a sense, but the reach of the status updates can go far beyond your circle of friends.

What do you think: was the pre-school justified in expelling a child for a social media post made by his mom?

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