Tracker Pixel for Entry

Venting online

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Editorial | April 19th, 2017

“I am incredibly sorry for all that's happened. I'm young and made a mistake, and now it has caused me to walk away from my job, have incredible anxiety and guilt, and panic even going outside for the amount of death threats I've gotten,” said Sheridan Tihista via facebook messenger.

Montana native Tihista, a young educator, recently resigned from her special education position at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo due to some unsavory tweets on her personal profile, some of which referenced her students.

One of her former coworkers -- who preferred to remain anonymous -- reached out to us via a facebook message. “The kids at our school miss her. She really was a great teacher.”

According to specialedshortages.org 49 states have reported a shortage of special ed instructors and 82% of those teachers say that schools lack adequate staff to meet the needs of special needs students.

With that being said, can’t we give Sheridan another chance -- hasn’t she been through enough? We admit, we helped fuel the fire and we apologize.

Though none of us here at HPR have children, we understand that we hold our children (and loved ones) near and dear and want what’s best for them. We want positive role models, we want to make sure they are safe and that they are receiving a quality education and are being socialized properly.

In Tihista’s defense we’ve all had bad days, but what we say out of frustration isn’t always indicative of our character. She made a mistake and is paying dearly -- but come on...death threats???

Social etiquette is hard, but social media etiquette is even harder. At least when we communicate in person we have the benefit of interpreting one another’s body language and noting vocal inflections. While online what you see is pretty much what you get -- pepper in a few emojis and hopefully what you’ve just posted won’t be taken entirely out of context -- or worse yet, come back to haunt you.

One mistake that a lot of us tend to make is to vent online, which we openly admit can be cathartic. We get support from our friends, family and followers, but what we don’t always realize is that when we write a post or tweet, we’re sending our own personal headline or news brief to our peers. In the age of typing, texting, and screenshots, many of these statements can be damaging to our personal or work relationships.

Tihista isn’t the first individual that this has happened to and she certainly won’t be the last. In late February of this year a City of Fargo Employee posted a comment on a local media link that if the DAPL protesters didn’t leave before the spring thaw induced flooding, "fence them in, shot (sic) them if they try and leave and let them drown in the flooding." Though this employee was off duty, he cited the City of Fargo on his facebook page thus inadvertently representing them. He received a written reprimand and was suspended without pay.

Don’t even get us started on the Donald…

Venting, there’s nothing wrong with venting, it’s healthy -- but we feel it’s done best with pals or coworkers over cocktails -- but not too loud because that’s a whole ‘nother form of broadcasting.

So, to the West Fargo School District: Think again. It’s not too late to reach out.

And Sheridan, let’s get together for coffee and do some venting!

Recently in:

FARGO – Nearly half of the Walmart employees claiming discrimination from management at the world’s largest retail chain came before Fargo’s Human Relations Commission Thursday, to appeal for help, and the commission…

Culture

​Gaming and Steam

by Chuck Solly

I have hesitated in the past to ride into the gaming world with my guns blazing and my hair blowing in the wind. My reasons are many and varied.In my own personal case, I don’t play online or offline games because it is a huge…

Thursday, February 22, 7pmFront Street Taproom, 614 Main Ave, Fargo The jazz musician and independent songwriter, making music for 20 years and performing for 10. Interesting, arranges in a dynamic and unorthodox fashion. On tour,…

Editorial

​Savoring local flavor

by Sabrina Hornung

What draws people to a particular area? Food? Culture? Nostalgia? It’s hard to speak on behalf of the populace but we obviously know what draws us in as individuals.Here’s another question: What makes an area thrive and what…

Do we finally have ‘beauteous mankind in a brave new world?’British philosopher and writer Aldous Huxley used a line of Miranda’s speech in Shakespeare’s play "The Tempest" as the title for his book about the future…

This year’s Cocktail Showdown yielded a mixture of familiar and fresh faces to compete in the Fifth Annual Bartenders Battle when it returns to the Holiday Inn on Sunday February 18th. With a bright and colorful Tiki theme, we…

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D. Melissamartincounselor@live.com Emotional eating refers to a range of behaviors in which individuals eat for reasons other than physiological hunger; and eating is an attempt to self-soothe emotions.…

Whoever said rock n’roll ain’t pretty must have never had the opportunity to speak with Wanda Jackson, often referred to as “the queen of rockabilly” and even the “first lady of rock n’ roll.” The Oklahoma native just…

Given the film’s somewhat odd marriage of style -- the personality-driven presence of chatty neophyte documentarian Bryan Fogel -- and substance -- the ugly realities of the longtime Russian doping program for Olympic competitors…

The Red Raven had their annual opening party for the Erotic Art Show last week, drawing in a sizeable crowd that got to take home free condoms, lubricant, chapstick, and Planned Parenthood pins and brochures.The red candles at each…

By Nathan Roybardsdream@gmail.comYou are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

“What are some of your favorite bottles of whiskey?” is a question I get asked quite frequently and is often harder to answer than one might think. One of the great rewards of my profession is getting to sample some of the…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.eduThe ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; the class which is the ruling material force in society is at the same time the ruling intellectual force.- Karl Marx and Friedrich…