Firefox detention: principal claims hoax

Monday, January 7, 2008 at 4:37 | Posted in firefox | 2 Comments
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In December several blogs (including mine) wrote about a kid in Big Spring High School allegedly having been given a two hour detention for using Firefox web browser instead of the sanctioned IE. I was skeptical about the accuracy of the news back then because it sounds just too surrealistic to be true. Principal John C. Scudder has released a statement calling it a hoax:

Recently, a file was uploaded to the Internet purporting to be a copy of a letter from Big Spring High School to a student regarding a two hour detention. The uploaded letter was an altered version of a detention letter sent to a student. Unfortunately, privacy concerns prevent the School District from giving a full explanation of the nature and source of the letter’s alteration at this time. The Big Spring School District does have confirmation that the discipline letter was altered.

The reports, blogs and other sources on the Internet indicating that a Big Spring student was assigned detention for using the Firefox internet browser instead of Internet Explorer are untrue and were based on the fake letter. Detention is assigned in our schools after appropriate warnings are given. If students continue to engage in non-academic activities or fail to follow a teacher’s directive during class time, discipline can and will be assigned.

If this was supposed to be a revenge for what the student experienced as an unjustified punishment, it was not a very clever one. If it was supposed to be a joke, it was a bad one. Since the school is obviously not legally allowed to tell of all of their side of the story, I invite the student in question to come up with a truthful version of the story and, if need be, an apology. That would take a whole lot of more guts than posting a silly hoax.



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  1. Now the kid is being suspended for all of the hate mail being sent to the teacher and the school. Supposedly someone sent a virus and crashed the schools mainframe and they had to hire a special IT team to fix it. I guess they don’t have a good enough IT team already(or no team at all). I probably could have fixed the problem (i mean c’mon) and, anyway, the kid didn’t do anything after the initial punishment so this is unjust and wrong!

  2. So you mean that posting a fake detention letter equals to doing nothing? A fake letter where the unfortunate teacher can be identified and is pictured as a jackass?

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