This is why private schools are a bad thing.
When students post their faces, personal diaries and gossip on Web sites like Myspace.com and Xanga.com, it is not simply harmless teen fun, according to one Sussex County Catholic school principal.
It’s an open invitation to predators and an activity that Pope John XIII Regional High School in Sparta will no longer tolerate, the Rev. Kieran McHugh told a packed assembly of 900 high school students two weeks ago.
Effective immediately, and over student complaints, the teens were told to dismantle their Myspace.com accounts or similar sites with personal profiles and blogs. Defy the order and face suspension, students were told.
I don’t even know what to say about this, except that it’s the most flagrant (and stupid) abuse of power I’ve ever seen. Here I thought the local Catholic school’s ban on facial hair was harsh….
In fact, I have the wonder about the legality of this, even for a private school. All the more impetus to go to a public high school like normal kids anyway. I can think of few things more effective at stifling creativity and expression than parochial schools.