Over the weekend they acted again, tweeting out a link to a story about a 12-year-old middle-schooler in Dickinson County, Texas who was denied breakfast at school because he was 30 cents short. He was on a discounted meal program, and his prepaid account was empty. So cafeteria workers said he couldn’t eat until his mother arrived with the money and then threw his food in the trash in front of all his classmates.
This was wrong on so many levels. There’s the basic fact that it’s just inhumane to starve a child. Then there’s the fact that this was publicly humiliating, especially given his family’s financial circumstances.
Thanks to Anonymous we are talking about this story today; and the capacity to widely disseminate these stories can be considered a public good.
Another trending story over the weekend came from the New York Times, who reported on colleges that check prospective students’ social media posts as a part of the admissions process. While not all schools do this, some say they’ve denied, or even rescinded, offers to high school seniors based on what they’ve seen about them online.
This is the sort of practice that may disproportionately affect students who don’t have the means to hire expensive admissions consultants to advise them on what to scrub. It may also affect those who don’t have the benefit of family members who can guide them through the college application process.
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