December 17, 2009
Angry Facebook post by spurned embalming student prompts ban from campus
Here's yet another example of how social media postings can get one into trouble. A University of Minnesota embalming-science student used her Facebook page to vent about a recent break-up with her boyfriend claiming she was looking forward to the next embalming class were she could release some aggression (on a cadaver?) with a trocar (a sharp, surgical instrument used by embalmers).
Following that post, the student added the following update to her Facebook page:
"I still want to stab a certain someone in the throat with a trocar though. Hmmm ... perhaps I will spend the evening updating my 'Death List #5' and making friends with the crematory guy. I do know the code ..."
'Death List #5' is a reference to the movie 'Kill Bill.'
When instructors learned of the student's rant, they had security pat her down before class and then banned from campus. The university is still trying to decide if further action is necessary. You can read the rest of the story courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune here.
Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Ed.
December 17, 2009 | Permalink
Another lesson learned in a hard way. Do not post anything that may incriminate you.
Posted by: Postergal | Dec 17, 2009 10:31:36 PM
Social networking sites which allows you to post comments should not be likened to a diary where you can vent anything. Bear in mind that other people can see and read every entry you make in these sites and these entries maybe used against you.
Posted by: Legal Aid | Dec 17, 2009 10:27:20 PM