Chardon High School Shooting May Have Been Predicted on Twitter

chardon high school shootingA lot of facts and details surrounding today's tragic shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio are still unknown, save for the fact that one student has died, and four are injured after a gunman opened fire in the school's cafeteria before first period. One of the many disturbing rumors to come out is that the alleged gunman may have hinted about the attack Sunday night on Twitter. If there's any truth to this account, you've got to wonder: Why did no one take this threat seriously?

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One of the students at the high school, Evan Erasmus, told law officials and the media that the suspect in Monday’s shootings may have posted a threatening message Sunday night on Twitter. Erasmus said: “I think he said that he was going to bring a gun to school and I think that everyone just blew it off like he was joking." It certainly sounds plausible that someone would use a social networking site to get attention and tip people off, even to something as horrific as this. But what doesn't make sense in this case is why a menacing tip would have gone ignored.

I'm sure you are familiar with all those stories in the news about kids -- and adults, too -- who have gotten in a lot of trouble, sometimes even arrested, for writing threatening messages on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, there are devastating stories of cyberbullying in the news every day, but there are also stories like this one, too, about a high school in Texas that was put on lockdown back in January after police were alerted to a Facebook comment indicating a student would bring a gun to the school. It just goes to show that being aware of what's happening with students off campus is just as imperative as what's happening on.

It's impossible to say what happened here: whether the gunman's Twitter message was actually ignored or slipped through the cracks. Or, perhaps the rumor itself will turn out to be fake. Still, these cases all underline how important it is for parents, school officials, and law authorities to monitor social media activity in order to keep students safe.

Do you think schools should monitor social media better?

 

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