A 16-year-old Burke High School student told the police last week that a classmate threatened her in a Twitter message, but the authorities said today that the ordeal was just a misunderstanding.
“I dont like no big crowd,” the private message said. “Will wait until I catch you alone.”
The girl and her father went to the Charleston Police Department on Friday to report her receipt of the message about 8 o’clock the night before while she was at her downtown home.
She told the police at the time that she and the 14-year-old classmate were former friends, according to an incident report.
Police spokesman Charles Francis said today, though, that the two girls had acknowledged a misunderstanding and were still friends. The 16-year-old also never felt threatened, Francis said.
The episode comes at a time when Twitter missives between students have captured headlines locally.
In February, a School of the Arts student tweeted the N-word in a post about a classmate’s tendency to disrupt class. The student was suspended for five days, and she was ordered to do 20 hours of community service and write an essay.
School officials recently ruled that she could attend graduation, though. The student’s supporters said she was unfairly disciplined because her alleged target’s mother was a school district official.
The alleged target added earlier this week that the episode prompted cyberbullying and media criticism in the case that has invoked a discussion about students’ free speech during their free time.
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