Morning Highlights

Good Morning.

  • Mark Daniels indexes a series of posts considering Christian ethics and immigration.
  • Teacher sues for name calling? Details at Myopic Zeal.
  • It’s a Roman Holiday … or whatever. The Catholic Carnival is up at A Penitent Blogger.
  • Axel Merckx just attacked the break with 10k to go (mostly downhill) in today’s Giro stage. He’s got a slim 11 second gap but he might just do it.

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  1. . I offer no particular political prescription, but a few lenses through which Christians might want to look at the matter. A number of bloggers linked to this series, apparently finding it helpful: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Summing Up [Thanks toMark Olson for linking to this series!]

  2. decorabilia says:

    ViaMark, who got it from this guy, we learn of a teacher suing a student for a mocking MySpace page, alleging “defamation of character.” Teacher Robert Muzzillo pursued the charges against Alex and another student after noticing a profile with his name

  3. Ed Darrell says:

    The kids’ post implicated the teacher in child abuse that would require criminal action against him and the suspension of his license, ending his career as a teacher.

    That’s not “name calling.” It’s vile, spiteful, sinful, and a tort. The kids were having fun?

    Kicking winos is not allowed, even in fun. Raping cheerleaders is not allowed, even in fun. Breaking the plate glass windows at the local furniture store is not allowed, even in fun. Threatening the career of a professional should be considered more in that vein, an act of vandalism that requires action to get justice for the man whose reputation is sullied.

    Good heavens! Those kids could grow up to be Karl Rove! Surely you do not want them to dwell in sin like that, do you?

  4. Mark says:

    Ed,
    Kids have to “grow up” faster is that it? Did hear of kids saying things on the playground which in a sober court of opinion might be “actionable”? Except with Internet/blogging and MySpace et al, those “things” enter the adult realm.

  5. Ed Darrell says:

    At what point do we make kids behave? Is it okay for kids to murder with impunity? No, of course you won’t go that far.

    Then where do you draw the line?

    These kids are teenagers, and they are old enough under their state’s law to be held accountable for murder. Why should they not be taught the lesson in manners that so far appears to have eluded them?

    Why do you think it’s okay to ruin a teacher’s life with criminal action, and give the innocent teacher no recourse?

    These words were not uttered without thought, nor in the heat of the moment, on a playground. They were posted in a public forum. Libel is libel, slander is slander. If the kids want to be clever, let them pay the price of their cleverness.

    I know it’s unpopular with the current political regime in Washington, but personal responsibility and accountability is a better way to run things. If the kids don’t want to pay the full penalty, let them issue a retraction.

    The alternative, of course, requires that we ignore all claims of abuse from children — childish pranks, you argue.

    There are sad consequences in several different directions. Letting these kids off the hook without so much as a retraction is unjust and unfair, both to the teacher, and to abused children who have legitimate claims to make.

  6. Mark says:

    Ed,
    The teachers career is not threatened only his “self esteem” it seems. The kid got a 3 day in-school suspension.

    How about this example: While for the most part, commenters on this blog have been very well mannered, intelligent and polite (like yourself) many blogs have commenters who are profane, insulting and downright vicious. Take the comments thrown (from afar) at Ms Malkin’s blog. These outdistance in every way calling a teacher out for “having lost an eye wrestling alligators and midgets” or “having a gay old time ala Fred Flintstone”. Do you think we need legal action against them, track down all the kossite commenters?

    I think I’m going to write more on this tonight stay tuned. 🙂

  7. […] On the other hand on the case that started this tirade, Mr Darrell thinks the full weight of the law might or should be thrown on the student to slandered or mocked his teacher … by publishing remarks on the Internet. There are two poitns to make here, first the teachers career was not “ruined”. And even if it was, the issue at hand iwould not the student or his remarks but in what we shoujld be asking about the professional career of teaching if an unsubstantiated rumor spread by a student on an Internet free site like myPlace.com can ruin a career. The second point is that we usually grant to our teenage years a time in which mistakes made, unless mortal or extremely serious, do not and should not resonate throughout a person’s adult life. If you were going to serve 5-10 years for non-PC remarks made about educational authority careers I’d think the number of people serving time would outnumber those in the clear. Kids regard their Internet spaces akin to playgrounds, but it seems sometimes the law would tame the wild spaces. […]

  8. […] [Thanks to Mark Olson for linking to this series!] […]