A note of caution to anyone over the age of 18: Never take the bait of another social media user. The results may leave a permanent trace to paint you as a rash, borderline sociopath. Kids are just better at social media, and they’ll own you all night long.
Case in point: This Ohio high school hockey interchange between a hockey mom and her teen counterpart from an opposing squad, as initially captured by Deadspin.
At the conclusion of this charming run, the Olentangy mother identified here, one Jennifer Green, the mother of Caleb Green, proceeded to grab a screen shot of a profane tweet from her instigator, Clay Payne, and shoot it out publicly, tagging Upper Arlington Superintendent Paul Hoffman in the process so he would see the behavior of one of his students.
There’s no question that Payne went above and beyond what could possibly be considered reasonable behavior, yet what Green did may have been even worse. Payne is a teenager; he’s expected to do stupid things, particularly on social media, where no one has a filter. Green is an adult. She should have known better. What’s more, she didn’t appear to have any remorse whatsoever about stoking the flames of a disappointed teenager’s outreach. Rather than take Payne’s outreach as a chuckle-worthy compliment, Green went nuclear, taunting the teens about their squad’s loss.
On what planet is that the right thing to do? Certainly not this one. Perhaps the unexpected notoriety that has followed this incident can serve as a caustic warning not just for Green and Payne, but for anyone who actively fires salvos back and forth across social media.