FacebookTwitter
Hatrack River Forum Post New Topic  Post A Reply
my profile login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Hatrack River Forum » Active Forums » Books, Films, Food and Culture » Possible School Shooting Avoided

   
Author Topic: Possible School Shooting Avoided
Anti-Chris
Member
Member # 4452

 - posted      Profile for Anti-Chris           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://www.comcast.net/news/national/index.jsp?cat=DOMESTIC&fn=/2006/04/20/372829.html&cvqh=itn_myspace

quote:

RIVERTON, Kan. - Five teenage boys accused of plotting to kill other students in a shooting rampage at their high school were arrested Thursday after details of the alleged scheme appeared on the Web site MySpace.com.

Sheriff's deputies found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one of the suspects, Sheriff Steve Norman said.

The Associated Press

Wow. Talk about disaster adverted.
Posts: 530 | Registered: Jan 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Dr Strangelove
Member
Member # 8331

 - posted      Profile for Dr Strangelove   Email Dr Strangelove         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I may have to re-think my anti-myspace stance. Don't get me wrong, I won't be getting one, but perhaps there is a positive aspect to it.
Posts: 2827 | Registered: Jul 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Anti-Chris
Member
Member # 4452

 - posted      Profile for Anti-Chris           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Good news gets only one reply?
Posts: 530 | Registered: Jan 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Altáriël of Dorthonion
Member
Member # 6473

 - posted      Profile for Altáriël of Dorthonion   Email Altáriël of Dorthonion         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Cool it, I just got here.
I think MySpace is getting a little out of hand, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable if a teacher of mine went into mine and used the information there against me like I've heard it has happened. Not that my teachers would get in there, it's more of a high school thing, but it still scares me that privacy is a little threatened. My friends persuaded me into the whole MySpace jig and I am still on it only because of them. The site is the only way I have of keeping up with them. I'm on Facebook too because of the same reasons.

The thing I do not like about MySpace is when people have a rediculous amount of friends. It's impossible for anyone to keep up with so many people. I think people who get into it and use it as a popularity contest are a little pathetic.

Posts: 3385 | Registered: Apr 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
maui babe
Member
Member # 1894

 - posted      Profile for maui babe   Email maui babe         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Altáriël of Dorthonion:
Co I personally wouldn't feel comfortable if a teacher of mine went into mine and used the information there against me like I've heard it has happened.

Anything you post on the internet is no longer private. If you don't want something to not be "used against you", don't post it for all the world to see.

[ April 21, 2006, 03:53 PM: Message edited by: maui babe ]

Posts: 2069 | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Kristen
Member
Member # 9200

 - posted      Profile for Kristen   Email Kristen         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My school newspaper ran an article on how career advisers are now warning prospetives to be vary careful about their Facebook and Myspace pages because grad schools and employers might very well look at them.

So you might want to rethink that picture of you with the hookah or at the frat party if you're looking for a job. And make your wall friends-only.

Posts: 484 | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tresopax
Member
Member # 1063

 - posted      Profile for Tresopax           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What I don't understand is how schools used to very much into trying to get students to be web-savvy and publish their own webpages, but are now banning things like myspace or facebook, when those are nothing more than streamlined ways of creating personal websites.

quote:
I think MySpace is getting a little out of hand, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable if a teacher of mine went into mine and used the information there against me like I've heard it has happened. Not that my teachers would get in there, it's more of a high school thing, but it still scares me that privacy is a little threatened.
Yes they would - although it should be noted that they don't use information "against" you, but rather in an effort to help you. (For instance, these kids are certainly much better off having not committed the murders they were planning. They are still alive, for one thing. They have a chance at returning to normal lives eventually, for another thing.)
Posts: 8120 | Registered: Jul 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
pH
Member
Member # 1350

 - posted      Profile for pH           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's so strange that people don't seem to realize that Myspace is open to the public. One of the big things they stressed to us when it came to interviewing and such was that, in terms of your career, you do have to be careful about what you put on Myspace, Facebook, and the like because sometimes, people actually will check up on that sort of thing.

I'm not saying that this isn't a good thing; it's obviously a good thing to avert a school shooting. That's just my random musing on Myspace.

-pH

Posts: 9057 | Registered: Nov 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Kristen
Member
Member # 9200

 - posted      Profile for Kristen   Email Kristen         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
pH, it seems so obvious to us, huh?

Most people don't even realize that their parents could easily access their Myspace or their schools could access their Facebook, let alone their potential employers.

This is why my LJ is 90% friends-only and pretty much impossible to google. There is no way I'm going to risk it falling into the wrong hands.

Posts: 484 | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
pH
Member
Member # 1350

 - posted      Profile for pH           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Exactly, Kristen. So many students have pictures of themselves on Myspace or Facebook in bikinis, drinking, taking hits from bongs...

I guess it just got to me early; when I started working with an indie record label, the owner looked at my Myspace profile before I even showed up to interview, and that was actually a significant influence in his decision to ask me to intern there.

-pH

Posts: 9057 | Registered: Nov 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TrapperKeeper
Member
Member # 7680

 - posted      Profile for TrapperKeeper   Email TrapperKeeper         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was actually thinking about this this morning before this was posted. Myspace gets all this press about how it is a dream come true for internet predators, but I hear at least one or two stories a week about some pedator that was caught through myspace or some other disaster averted.

I can't compare how many ill effects it has created with how many predators have been caught because of myspace, but I'm thinking it has allowed a large number of criminals to be caught. And its quite arguable, but I'd imagine alot of those people would of committed the crimes even if they didn't have myspace, myspace was just a tool that allowed others to see what was going to happen and alert the authorities.

Posts: 375 | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TrapperKeeper
Member
Member # 7680

 - posted      Profile for TrapperKeeper   Email TrapperKeeper         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Note to all criminals and predators on Myspace, the information you post on there IS private, and no one you associate with in real life will ever read it.
Posts: 375 | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
pH
Member
Member # 1350

 - posted      Profile for pH           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TrapperKeeper:

Last weekend, a guy from my school kicked a girl from my school in the face with steel-toed boots, crushing her eye socked and shatterinng one of her cheekbones, among other things. He then fled. We don't know if he's still in the state or not, but apparently, he's had other aliases in the past. How is Myspace helping? Well, now people all over the country who are on Myspace know what happened and know what the guy looks like, as well as the appropriate numbers for authorities to contact.

And they are not pleased.

I think what I really mean is, William, please, please, PLEASE update your Myspace blog about how much fun you're having hiding out in the Everglades. No one will ever know. *shifty eyes*

-pH

Posts: 9057 | Registered: Nov 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TrapperKeeper
Member
Member # 7680

 - posted      Profile for TrapperKeeper   Email TrapperKeeper         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Interesting. Not only that, but even the victim could put the perpetrators photo on their page in hopes of someone tracking them down. (That may be exactly what happened in this case)
Posts: 375 | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
pH
Member
Member # 1350

 - posted      Profile for pH           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, both of them are on Myspace, and she made a very detailed blog post about what happened, including an "after" picture (well, after she'd cleaned up the blood and such). There have also been numerous bulliten posts by her friends.

His.
Hers.

(Profanity on the Myspaces)

-pH

Posts: 9057 | Registered: Nov 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
JennaDean
Member
Member # 8816

 - posted      Profile for JennaDean   Email JennaDean         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
And they are not pleased.
Who aren't pleased, pH? The authorities? The people all over the country? The dirtbag ... er ... perpetrator?
Posts: 1522 | Registered: Nov 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
pH
Member
Member # 1350

 - posted      Profile for pH           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, I'm sure no one is particularly pleased at this point...

-pH

Posts: 9057 | Registered: Nov 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Hatrack River Home Page

Copyright © 2008 Hatrack River Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2