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Teen says he was suspended after tweeting 'profanity' at school superintendent

Technically Incorrect: You must decide how profane this tweet really was. But Leonardo Semma decided, on graduation, that it was his greatest achievement at school. The school isn't happy.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The profane tweet in question.

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Twitter is so full of rudeness.

That's why half the Twitterati go there.

They want to know what new slur has been posted, so that they can slur right back?

Sometimes, though, your profanity may be someone else's inanity. Consider the tale of Leonardo Semma.

He's a 17-year-old at Walled Lake Western High School in Michigan. Or rather was.

He's just graduated and, to celebrate, he posted to Twitter of his greatest school achievement. It was a January Twitter exchange between himself and school superintendent Kenneth Gutman.

The latter had tweeted that he apologized for the school parking lots not having been plowed. He said the school was on it.

To this Semma tweeted: "sorry's not going to melt the snow. Grab a shovel and get your ass out here 5:30 sharp boi."

The school, said Semma, deemed this a "use of profanity" and suspended him for three days.

Semma told BuzzFeed that on that January day, he'd slipped on the ice and banged his head. He was suspended, he said, within an hour of his tweet.

Neither Semma nor the Walled Lake Western High School immediately responded to requests for comment.

It seems, though, that the school may not be happy with Semma believing his original tweet was his greatest moment. Perhaps it thinks this a slur on the school's fine education.

He posted an email he said the school principal had written to his dad. It complained that Semma had offered up the original exchange again on Twitter.

The principal, it seems, was disappointed that Semma thought this his greatest achievement. He wanted Semma senior to offer his son "guidance."

Maybe some might feel that the principal was seized by a lack of humor. Twitter can do that to you.

Semma did his alleged crime and served his time. Can he not hold that up as a point of pride?

When differences of opinion happen, you laugh about them months later. Did the school principal have to get involved again?

Kids are like comments on Twitter. Sometimes, you just have to let them go.