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In addition, anonymity is needed to protect the vulnerable, such as victims of rape, or undocumented immigrants wishing to tell their stories.
“We admire people who come forward and attach their names, but we also recognize that some people’s stories need to be heard for the public’s good, even if we can’t name them,” Clark said.
Unfortunately, none of that sounds remotely like what’s going on at Rogers High School and every other high school in the state.
That’s the “whole other side,” as he calls it, and it doesn’t look noble at all. On this side, anonymity “brings out the cowards,” Clark said. “It brings out the bullies. It brings out the naive, who may not be able to see the consequences of their words.
“If something bad happens, they may feel protected from any responsibility.”
This is why it’s so important that the anonymous posters in the Rogers case also get identified and punished. But none of them too harshly. They’re still kids.
Sagehorn’s seven-week suspension is far too severe for one sarcastic comment. Plus, I’d be amazed if he hasn’t already learned his lesson. Now those anonymous kids need to be asked a few questions:
“Would you say these things, would you make these accusations, if your name were attached?” We already know the answer.
And, also, “Why don’t you feel good enough about yourself to tie your opinions and ideas to your name?” It’s a brave, and noble thing to do, we need to tell them.
And then we need to ask ourselves the same.
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