I appreciate the reasoned, discussion-based approach to diffusing potential violence, based on publicly available data. As it’s presented here, this seems like a well thought out plan.

And yet there’s something about cops showing up on your front door with a screencap of your Facebook profile that’s really creepy. Maybe it’s that this type of program requires care, common sense and a tolerance for risk that is rare among bureaucratic types.


Similar programs have been slammed across multiple high schools across the country. This is in part because there have been cases of schools using keyloggers to violate expectations of privacy. More importantly, these programs often, rather than attempting to diffuse the situation, are designed to simply make the problem go away. It can be logistically easier to simply suspend a student, even if all they did was post a joke in bad taste.

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