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Tweet Costs New Manchester Senior His Prom, Graduation

Reginald Wright is suspended for the rest of the year.

The second senior arrested last month on charges of threatening an attack on the school has been suspended for the rest of the year and banned from prom and graduation.

Reginald Wright and his family, who live in the 2200 block of Greenwood Meadows Lane, argue that the punishment from the is too harsh and that authorities have taken the supposed threat—a single tweet sent March 22—way out of context, WSB-TV reported.

You can’t see Wright’s Twitter feed anymore because his account, @VirginsLoveAsh, under the alias Ashton Trey Williams, has been removed.

The offending tweet was “I’m gonna blow up New Manchester. Fear me grrr!!”

It came amid a series of tweets from Wright and others discussing Joshua Couch of the 3700 block of Appaloosa Trail, another 17-year-old New Manchester student who .

Does the school system's punishment fit the offense? Tell us in the comments below.

In that case, the said that it had a history with Couch and that he had searched for online information about dangerous chemicals such as cyanide, so his arrest didn’t result from a report of a random written threat.

Wright and others were commenting on the bad publicity for New Manchester and joking about the case before he sent what was interpreted as his own threat.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wright at school the morning of March 26 after learning about his tweet the previous night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disrupting a public school, a misdemeanor, and is out on $3,500 bond.

His attorney told WSB that the “blow up New Manchester” tweet referred to bringing attention to the school in a radio competition, not a bomb.

Wright’s family said he still hopes to attend the University of West Georgia this fall, WSB reported.

Couch, meanwhile, remains in the without bond on a felony charge of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Sheri Sperin April 20, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I agree with Dick Jones. The boy got exactly what he deserved!!!!!! If did something like this in the airport you would have been charged with a felony. If he was going to be stupid enough to do something this stupid, then he pays the price. This is why we have the problems we have now. Not holding people accountable for their actions. Not going to the prom or graduation is mild compared if he had been charged with a criminal act. He should count his blessing. The parent should also be held accountable since they pay his cell phone bill!!!!
Dick Jones April 20, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Bone head move on the part of the student. There are specific laws against threats made by communication devices such as the phone, internet, etc. Most people go to jail for this type of lunacy. He can't go to prom or graduation if he blows the place up. If the same threat would have been sent to Obama, the Secret Service would have been all over it and his butt would be in custody. School officials should hold their ground. The punishment is appropriate if not light.
Michael Jacobs April 20, 2012 at 03:35 AM
He still might go to jail. The school system's action doesn't end the criminal case against him.
Michael Jacobs April 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
When I read the Twitter feed last month, I was surprised anyone took his tweet seriously. With a 17-year-old son myself, I can easily see someone that age thinking it was funny and not considering the consequences. But if a kid sent a tweet like that about my son's school and no one took it seriously, I'd probably think about Columbine and be pretty angry.
Lynn Hubbard April 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
a huge over reaction. It seems the school ( and police) are out of touch with our youth. Blow up is a term meaning gaining attention or fame. it's even on the urban dictionary. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blow+up As far as googling anything, I google practically everything.
Fran Armstrong April 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Unfortunately with what has happened in the past at various high schools across the country,you can never be too careful. If the Board of Education hadn't done anything and then something did happen they would be held responsible for having prior knowledge and not taking any action. I believe the action taken was warranted. People have to learn that what you post of social networks can get you in trouble. A lesson to parents. You need to be aware of what your child is doing when they are online. There are monitoring devices that do just that.
MomOfTwo23 April 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I am not sure exactly what the boy meant by what he said but being young myself I thought about it and it could mean something other than actually blowing up the school. I believe us as parents or even the teachers and authority figures need to be up to date on the terms that kids use today and what they mean. However, if he did actually mean it in the sense of acutally blowing up the school he got what he deserves. On the other hand if he didn't mean it that way he life and reputation are on the line and I feel sorry about it. All these young kids need to realize EVERYTHING you put on the internet will be found and people will take notice to what your saying and take actions if it is serious enough even if you didn't mean in the way that the other person perceived it. To all those young teens even adults out there, really consider what your writing and what it might me to others before making it accessible the public. NOTHING IS PRIVATE ON THE INTERNET, TAKE PRECAUTION!
Richard R April 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM
In a situation of this sort, you have to err on the side of caution. We need to be sensitive to vocabulary established by the youth, but at the same time, as a senior in High School, he should have been aware of the double meaning of his Tweet. I believe that Parents and possibly other students who are unaware of the use of his terminology would have been upset. I believe that suspension should be in place until a determination is made as to how he meant his threat, but the process should be expedited to prevent a possible mis-justice from being done.
Dick Jones April 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The "Double Meaning" might be why is is not in jail. He is still responsible for his actions and that is why is is benched for prom and graduation. Excellent job by the school authorities.
Julie Camp April 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM
It could mean he wanted to blow up the school and is lying now to save his hide. Criminals have been known to lie about things on occasion.
James Blank April 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I wish there was a better way to teach kids about the laws, rules and the consequences. Perhaps families, because I don't even think all parents are up to date on how the law can affect their children. I think kids believe if they didn't really mean what they said that they wouldn't get in trouble......... If they really didn't know their friend had drugs in the car, when they accepted the ride home - etc. They are children acting like adults - but truly, they still have the decision making and reasoning of children. A kid that was smart enough to be Valedictorian in Paulding Co. didn't know that his Senior prank could cost him everything. With the amount of kids we put in jail and the amount of officers in our schools, it seems like this could happen.
Julie Camp April 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM
"I'm gonna blow up New Manchester. Fear me grrr!!" says he's gonna use a bomb. Fear me????
James Blank April 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Maybe we need to outlaw the word bomb - I mean how much time and money does this word waste?! If this happened as a conversation in person instead of on twitter would the outcome be the same? This is something that kids and adults need to be conscientious of with "e" communication. The intent of your words can be misconstrued or left open to A READERS interpretation, not just your expected audience. I don't think I could take any statement using "grrr" very seriously. But I know society acts on the side of caution and I understand we can't be too careful - But clearly this kid made a stupid mistake - a silly comment - and it is going to change his life forever.
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:19 AM
“THAT BOY”??? REALLY!!! First of all “DOUCHE BAG” do me a favor and Shut the “HELL UP”!!!! Like listen to yourself you act like your ass wasn’t a kid at a time and that you didn’t do dumb shit at a time too (ex. “Posting this comment”). He was clearly mocking and making fun of the dumbass that got locked up 2 days before. Yes he went about it the wrong way. But I feel as though the school and police department didn’t try and see where he was coming from with the humor and went to far with the felony charges. But still the fact of the matter is we all make mistakes when were young and yes there will be consequences for them. But we learn from them and become better people over time….. And Lady “THAT BOY” is my friend, and I don’t appreciate you calling him stupid!!! And have a nice freaking day….
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:21 AM
“THAT BOY”??? REALLY!!! First of all “DOUCHE BAG” do me a favor and Shut the “HELL UP”!!!! Like listen to yourself you act like your ass wasn’t a kid at a time and that you didn’t do dumb shit at a time too (ex. “Posting this comment”). He was clearly mocking and making fun of the dumbass that got locked up 2 days before. Yes he went about it the wrong way. But I feel as though the school and police department didn’t try and see where he was coming from with the humor and went to far with the felony charges. But still the fact of the matter is we all make mistakes when were young and yes there will be consequences for them. But we learn from them and become better people over time….. And Lady “THAT BOY” is my friend, and I don’t appreciate you calling him stupid!!! And have a nice freaking day…. tthis was for you
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:24 AM
your stupid, because he was obviuosly joking. hintz the "Grrr" Mrs smartty
Sheri Sperin September 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
John doe, by what you said in your post, I can see why you are a coward to use this name. This boy got what he deserved and I hope he does get charged with a felony goes to jail. Also you are an idiot and you sound like you dropped out of elementary school. Every one does dumb things but not stupid things like this boy. An\d you should talk about posting comments especially making yourself sound illiterate. Things like this is not a joke nor is it funny. It is just down right stupid. Apparently you have not learned from your mistakes or you have not even become better (etc., replying like an idiot to this "Posting comment" ) person. You probably think it would be a great joke to go to the airport and make threats.

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