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Tragedy Highlights Importance of Social Networking Posts

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:58 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed checking out the pumpkins and cute costumes, something else caught my attention. There was a post that was “liked” by a friend from a teenage boy asking Ellen DeGeneres to connect a friend that had been involved in a drunk driving accident over the weekend with his favorite celebrity, Justin Bieber. I noticed that the boy was from Bakersfield, which is where I grew up so I clicked on it.

It seems there was a tragic accident early Monday morning caused by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on the road. The boy who posted the Ellen comment was in the car when it happened. I also found some comments that led me a VERY interesting and controversial subject.

Apparently, the girl was an avid user of Twitter. Her account was public, as were the accounts of many of her friends. A journalist researched the story and blogged, “Teen’s Life and Death Unfolds on Twitter.”

After reading the column, I scrolled through and read the emotionally heated comments about the audacity of a journalist disgracing the name of someone who should be resting in peace.

I have preached on this subject to any teen that will listen. Thoughts are no longer private when they are voiced in a public forum. And that’s why I bring you this controversial link. There are two morals to the story: Don’t drink and drive or drive with someone who has been drinking and don’t post things that you don’t want the world to know about through social networking. It’s sad that this has come to light in the wake of such tragedy.


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