LAS VEGAS--With CES winding down, I'm still in Nevada--and I'm suddenly worried about the state's education system. Specifically, a school a few hours up the road in Carson City.
The Associated Press solemnly informs me that six teenage girls at Carson Middle School have been arrested after one of them allegedly sent a Facebook invite to about 100 of her closest schoolmates.
The event to which they were invited--scheduled for yesterday and that 18 students cheerily agreed to attend--was called "Attack A Teacher Day."
Carson Middle School Principal Dan Sadler told the AP that the girl who allegedly sent the invite was arrested along with five others who allegedly participated in the party mood by posting Facebook threats against specific teachers.
He explained to the AP the school's (and the police's) stern response: "School shootings really happen. That's why we took it seriously. It's not OK, and it's not funny in this day and age if you're going to make a threat against a teacher."
The girls were 12- and 13-year-olds and the school says these were not known troublemakers.
And though the girls reportedly claimed it was all a joke, some might wonder whether they had paid sufficient attention in the Thinking Things Through class.
You will be saddened into mowing your lawn when I tell you that it was the inviter's parents who reportedly discovered the plan for "Attack a Teacher Day" on Facebook and finally removed the invite.
Didn't she and all the other potential croupiers, convention center security staff, and--who knows?--governors of the state, imagine that perhaps some strange adult might raise an eyebrow, or even an objection?
Perhaps one is asking too much of kids in an era in which whatever happens on Facebook is believed (by the naive) to stay on Facebook.
This is surely a fine advertisement for secret notes scribbled on little pieces of paper. They're far more secure than Facebook, with all its pesky security settings, even if their private nature makes them not so bracing for the ego.
All six of the girls have reportedly been charged at juvenile hall with communicating threats.
I have a feeling their parents will be communicating a couple of threats of their own. They won't, perhaps, choose Facebook as the medium in which to convey their thoughts.