The Facebook Comment that Ruined a Life by Craig Malisow
I just read this article today and it's a really interesting one. It tells the story of an 18 year old kid who posts a threat on his Facebook about blowing up a kindergarten. It is over-the-top graphic. Someone alerts the police and the young man gets arrested, thrown in jail, raped by other adult inmates, and is currently looking at a ten-year sentence if found guilty. He maintains that he was joking and in fact, he probably was. It's a creepy article but a fascinating story.
Article: 9 of 10
The writing is nice and straightforward like news should be. Malisow captures the frustration of the family without overdoing it and he discusses a prior restraining order which is an interesting, and possibly illuminating, details which clouds the whole episode. I especially love how he kind of makes fun of the defense attorney. It's subtle, but it's there.
Teachability: 10 of 10
You might need to censor the f-word a couple times but besides that it's a powerfully scary piece on how online threats are serious. The discussions with this would be excellent, but the best part is that it would hopefully scare some kids who don't realize how serious online threats can be. The counselors at my school say that 90% of all the conflict problems they see start online.