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Oregon responds to Colt Lyerla's controversial Sandy Hook tweets

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10:48 AM ET 03.24 | The University of Oregon issued a statement in response to tight end Colt Lyerla's tweets regarding the shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 that resulted in the death of 26 people, including 20 children. The statement read: "Twitter posts attributed to student-athlete Colt Lyerla concerning the tragedy at Sandy Hook are insensitive and offensive, especially those devastated by the shootings, and we have communicated as much to Colt. Though the University of Oregon Department of Athletics as well as the football program have social media expectations in place for our student-athletes, at times, personal opinions go well beyond what we expect from our students. The University of Oregon and Department of Athletics understand that our young men and women have a great deal of freedom of expression on social media but with that freedom comes responsibility. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the families of Sandy Hook.??? Lyerla tweeted a link to a YouTube video that details a conspiracy theory about the shooting. He also offered his opinions regarding the events of that day.

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March 24, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Twitter promotes stupidity.

March 24, 2013  12:30 PM ET

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth (or tweet) and remove all doubt.

March 24, 2013  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth (or tweet) and remove all doubt.

Exactly.

The Social Media Generation grew up typing anything they wanted on MySapce and Facebook, sent taunts to each other on XBox Live, and basically hid behind the faceless anonymity of a screen name. This is normal to them. They struggle with accountability because, for most of the time they weren't in class, they didn't have to look someone in the eye and tell the truth.

We deal with this all the time in corporate America ... lots of "leadership development training" for the new hires ... teaching them how to communicate effectively for the first time in their lives.

March 24, 2013  03:17 PM ET

The kids today are just plain dumb. Not that we did not have our moments, but at least we had some sense about it. Geeeeeeeeezus.

March 24, 2013  11:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth (or tweet) and remove all doubt.

Yup.

Some things just aren't worth talking about, especially publicly.

I don't know what this idiot was thinking he'd accomplish (that goes for virtually all conspiracy seekers, for that matter) but you don't run off at the mouth about the murder of little kids unless you're sending the family members your thoughts and prayers.

You think the Sandy Hook parents give a **** what this moron thinks about a conspiracy? No. But now the story is being dragged through the mud, just because this clown had to voice his opinion.

Not good.

 
March 25, 2013  01:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Exactly.The Social Media Generation grew up typing anything they wanted on MySapce and Facebook, sent taunts to each other on XBox Live, and basically hid behind the faceless anonymity of a screen name. This is normal to them. They struggle with accountability because, for most of the time they weren't in class, they didn't have to look someone in the eye and tell the truth.We deal with this all the time in corporate America ... lots of "leadership development training" for the new hires ... teaching them how to communicate effectively for the first time in their lives.

well said.

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