One click of the computer mouse apparently led to suspensions for many students at a Salem high school. They say it stems back to a Twitter post about a teacher.
"It was a two second thought that got me two days out of school," suspended student Kylie Davis said.
Nearly 90 people "retweeted" or "favorited" the post. Many are students at McKay High School.
It landed Davis and her friends in the school office.
"It's not like we got in a fight or brought a weapon to school," she said. "We just tweeted something."
The tweet that she "favorited" dates back to Feb. 11. It said a certain teacher flirts with students, and includes a remark about her son. For the teacher's protection, Fox 12 is not sharing either of those names.
"When I saw the actual tweet I thought, ‘That's not the nicest thing to say,' but it's not vicious," Kylie's mother, Patty Davis said. "It doesn't involve any kind of violence or anything like that."
Patty Davis doesn't deny that her daughter should face consequences, but she thinks the punishment the school chose is too severe.
"I think it needed to be a learning experience for them," Patty Davis said. "I think the school should have got them together after school or Saturday school, something that wasn't so strict as far as the suspension thing that goes on their permanent record."
Both she and Kylie Davis are concerned the mark on her permanent record could cost her when it comes to college.
"I'm a good kid. I've never been in detention or anything. So that question is going to be ‘have you been suspended' and I'll have to say ‘yeah' and not get the scholarship," Kylie Davis said.
An administrator at the high school wrote Fox 12 over email saying, "We are interested in making sure that we have a safe environment for students to learn and teachers to instruct."
In a separate email he said the teacher involved is a "dedicated member" of the staff and is hurt by the tweet.
Kylie Davis said what was intended as a joke became a lesson for those involved.
"I am guilty. I feel bad that I did it, because I'm here," she said. "I feel like I should not have done it. I learned from this."
The school can't say how many students have been suspended. They said they've identified a number of kids involved.
Patty Davis said she and other parents have tried to contact administrators to see if there could be an alternative punishment. She does not think that will be the case.
The school district said any parents who disagree with the disciplinary action taken should contact the high school directly.
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