N.Y. student suspended after controversial Twitter hashtag
A New York high school student was suspended after creating a school budget-related hashtag.
May 26th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

N.Y. student suspended after controversial Twitter hashtag

By Chris Boyette, CNN

(CNN) - An upstate New York student said he got a three-day suspension for creating a controversial Twitter hashtag encouraging discussion of the school district's failed budget.

Pat Brown, a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, says he created #s**tCNSshouldcut to brainstorm ways his school could save money in response to voters on Tuesday rejecting a $144.7 million budget plan. The budget did not receive the 60% voter approval it needed.

Many students were concerned, Brown said, because the school board had warned that if a new budget was not eventually passed, they might have to eliminate athletic programs, other extra-curricular activities and introduce additional administrative cuts, including the elimination of some teacher positions.

The budget is up for a revote on June 18.

"Everyone on Twitter was talking about 'I can't believe the budget didn't pass' and so I created (the hashtag) as a joke, really," Brown told CNN on Friday.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Chase

    Thats a shame.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Essence

    People have there own opinion , I basically thing he shoud be able to say what you wan't without some one geting in troble. Plus students or teachers on twitter don't have a license to bust people on twitter,twitter is a place where you post what you wan't without no one telling you what to do.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  3. Alayzia

    I Think Students Should Be Able To Speak Their MInd , Its A Free Country. We Have Certain Rights For A Reason. The School Shouldn't Be In A Students Personal Information. Its His Twitter.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  4. Divine

    How did it not pass...really.? (cant believe it didn't)....

    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Alayzia

      I Know Right.

      June 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm |