A reader over at HalfTermSenator.org had this interesting (and more concerning) take on the @CrazyKhazei debacle. This is about more than just dirty campaign tactics, it’s about dangerous behavior and examples. Cross-posted with the author’s permission:
As a high school teacher and a member of our school’s anti-bullying group, I am appalled at Eric Fehrnstrom’s malicious and sophomoric slams. I find it the height of hypocrisy that teachers and administrators are mandated to put in place anti-bullying measures that grown men disregard and mock. Eric Fehrnstrom’s “CrazyKhazei’ tweets, especially the ones that question Mr. Khazei’s manliness, are clearly disrespectful and abusive.
And if Eric were a student, his actions would be against the law.
Eric’s tweets meet the definition of cyberbullying stated in our Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (pg 7) and MGL c71 37O. If Mr. Fehrnstrom was a student at any Massachusetts public high school, his parents would be notified and he would face serious consequences.
We’re entrusting Scott Brown to pass national legislation, while his team mocks a rival as a wimpy ‘water boy‘ Are you kidding me? Boys will be boys is an unacceptable response from my high school students.
Meanwhile, Brown’s comment “Eric was seeking to inject a little levity into politics on his own time, I wasn’t aware of what he was doing,” is disturbingly similar to responses I’ve heard from thirteen your olds shirking responsibility for their actions.
Who is going to act like an adult and provide a just consequence for this unacceptable behavior? Scott Brown needs to act like a US senator and hold his employees accountable to the same basic standards to which we hold our teenagers.
High School Teacher