STUDENTS AND FORMER STUDENTS of South Holderness Technology College are campaigning to show their support for the two teachers suspended for comments made on Facebook. The young campaigners are using the very tools and social networks that got the teachers into trouble in the first place!
Sara Clappison and Carl Slaughter were suspended from their jobs at the college after comments they made on Facebook were made public. But now an active social media campaign is being waged, led by pupils and former pupils, to show support for the teachers.
A Facebook Group has been set up Sending in Letters of Support for Sara and Carl and has reached nearly 100 members. A website has quickly been published Supporting Miss Clappison and Mr Slaughter which asks supporters to sign a petition and write letters to the College and the Council.
Those on Twitter have organised around the hashtag #FreeMissClappison as organisers try to recreate the campaigning spirit and moral outrage around the jailing of fictional character Deirdre Barlow (Rachid) in 1998. Sara Clappison hasn’t been jailed, but the Twitter campaign has certainly been successful in generating support from across the region, the country and even the world – one former pupil of Miss Clappison gave her support all the way from Dallas, USA! Even some minor celebrities have offered their support!
The thrust of the campaign has not been to justify any comments the teachers may have made on Facebook, but rather seems to be an outpouring of sympathy for two popular teachers.
Facebook and social media might not be the place to air your private and personal opinions – but it certainly is the place to air your public views and debate them with the rest of the world!