"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
Let's stop it.
The recent hoaxes that took place at Hough High are ridiculous.
We hope by now the students responsible realize IT WASN'T FUNNY.
Now all of you have records.
We commend the police department for their hard work...
and students who gave up information quickly to help find the culprits.
That was a good example of speaking out so an entire school could get back to normal.
We realize this whole drama was fueled by social media.
Students Tweeting and Facebooking rumors...
Alarming parents and the whole neighborhood.
We believe something has to be done.
We hope every student acts responsibly while online.
But if that doesn't happen, will there be repeat of this foolishness at another school?
We know the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system doesn't have the manpower to sit in front of a computer all day long and monitor every tweet.
But maybe now is the time for the community and the district to create a better solution to keep a closer eye on social media.
This way as rumors show up, they can be investigated and shut down immediately.
We think CMS must come up with a stronger system because every CMS school will have WiFi next year.
That's nearly 160 campuses.
The potential for confusion increases.
So we say...students, parents, community and CMS,
please work together so the bad guys don't wreak havoc in the schools.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.