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  •  This is nothing but the deep old need for (5+ / 0-)

    revenge that has so many people supporting the death penalty.  

    These are kids.  Their brains are not yet developed.  If they actually drove this poor girl to suicide, it's a horrible, horrible thing.  But how will spreading their identities across the country help anything?  They might be horrible, awful children.  And they might even turn into horrible, awful adults.  But let's at least provide a chance for them to be rehabilitated without acting like tea party haters.

    I have to say, I vehemently disagree with the thesis of this diary.

    •  you said exactly what i wanted to, except (2+ / 0-)
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      that i would hate for the entire world to know some of what i did when i was 12. if we expected 12-year-olds to use good judgement, we'd let them live alone, drive, and vote.

      as adults, we have the opportunity to use better judgement than these children did...

      "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say"~Ralph Waldo Emerson

      by 73rd virgin on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:36:51 PM PDT

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      •  This is the very modern problem that kids have (1+ / 0-)
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        of access to very public forums that will provide very permanent proof of what they have done and said at every age. The number of kids that actually understand the idea of digital footprints and the need to tread lightly is next to none, and the number of adults likewise. Adults and kids need to be taught that if you put it out there on social media, you can't unsay it or undo it, as much as you might apologize.
        When I think of my misadventures of years long ago, I thank the great celestial void that some of what I did and said now has existence only in some twisted, aging synapses (mine and others) and a curse be upon the scientist that finds a cure for forgetfulness - we would all go mad.

        From memory there is a passage in The Ryubiat of Omar Kayyam - The moving finger writes and having writ moves on, nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it
        •  protecting their anonymity (0+ / 0-)

          is basically protecting them from themselves. it's our job as adults

          "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say"~Ralph Waldo Emerson

          by 73rd virgin on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 04:42:50 PM PDT

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