Tweeting kindness

Recently a new OHS account joined the Twittersphere, however, this account is not affiliated with the high school.

On Monday, a student under the handle “Happy Lumberjack” (@oakwood_comps) started following other students on the social medium. The account states that it is for the purpose of spreading positivity through anonymous contributions to its ask.fm profile.

“I haven’t heard anything, but I’d be thrilled if the kids embraced something that’s positive,” Joan Bline, Prevention/Intervention specialist, said.

The account specifically says that it will not post any insensitive or rude material on its time line. Despite the innocuous appearance, some students have apprehensions about the account.

“I feel like people will use it as a way to feel good about themselves,” junior Vivi Raab said.

Another worry that some students have is the account becoming a platform for underhanded bullying.

“I think it could be bad because people could be fake about the compliments,” junior Maria Skill said.

Even though the account has constructive intentions, the student behind the screen name has a desire for anonymity.

“I think they wish to remain anonymous because at first they probably didn’t want to get in trouble with the administration,” sophomore Emilee Koenig said. “But, now that it has been out for a couple of days, and there seems to have been no problems with the administration, they’re probably staying anonymous because they do not want to get all of the attention.”

This incident is similar to the creation of the “OHS Confessions” profile that occurred last school year and revived at the start of the current school year. Notorious for posting crude and often inappropriate content about high school students and staff, the account deactivated after receiving pressure from administrative members. Students wonder if the same fate is in store for this user.

“I don’t think that they’ll do anything because it’s spreading positivity,” senior Emily Gould said.

Bline agrees, saying there is not much that administrators can do outside of the school as the internet is not their jurisdiction.

“Honestly, we don’t like getting involved in that stuff. It’s not fun for us,” Bline said. “We have better things to do than to get on Twitter accounts at night.”

The only concern that some staff members have is if another user were to hack the account and use it as a forum for animosity.

“The only thing that comes from living a lot longer,” Bline said, “is knowing that people can hold on to things for a long time.”

By Adam Koenig

koenig.adam@oakwoodschools.org

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