Cyberbullying on social media has been happening across the country, and now, after a couple of episodes at Durango High School involving students bullying students, it’s a case of students cyberbullying teachers.
A Twitter handle established in mid-October, which contains a profanity and uses both the term 9-R and the Demons’ copyrighted logo, has a feed full of obscenities, a religious slur, accusations of inappropriate actions with students and suggestions of domestic violence regarding teachers at Durango High School. Tweets like these can damage teachers’ careers and reputations.
“Those are some pretty heavy accusations,” said Lindsay Nyquist, social media and video coordinator for Fort Lewis College. “I do a lot of teaching of college students about social media and digital presence, and the one thing I stress is that this could be part of their permanent record. Even if they delete it later, even after a second, someone could have captured a screenshot, and it could affect their ability to be admitted to college or when they’re job hunting.”