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Students suspended over ‘threatening’ tweets directed at Peel school board

Peel District School Board spokesman Brian Woodland talks to CityNews in Mississauga on Jan. 6, 2014. CITYNEWS

A number of GTA high school students have been suspended because of “threatening” tweets directed at the Peel District School Board.

Board spokesman Brian Woodland told CityNews “a few” students were punished because of tweets that contained “threatening language.” He said he couldn’t reveal names, numbers or schools.

Apparently, the students were upset the board didn’t call for a snow day on Monday despite slippery conditions, and they chose to vent on Twitter.

After the board tweeted, “Only Caledon buses are cancelled. All other buses are running & all schools are open. Also please be respectful,” some students responded with angry posts like, “F— you and your gay system” and “I’m coming for your head, watch yo back.”

The board’s digital code of conduct specifically states it will investigate improper use of social media.

“Inappropriate use of personally owned technology, whether on or off school property, that has a negative impact on school climate will result in a full investigation and necessary action will be taken where appropriate.” the code says.

The suspensions will be on the students’ permanent records.