RHS Tweet Issue Results in Threats, Slurs on Student

November 19, 2015
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When Caley Godino pressed the button to Tweet out a message about low voter turnout in the Revere City Election and how it relates to people who are not here legally, she had no idea it would lead to threats of physical harm, cyber-bullying and, allegedly, getting kicked off the cheerleading team during her senior year.

But that’s exactly what happened, said Godino and her family, including her mother Lauren Kelly, and they said they are trying to sort out why it is that Godino was punished for her comment, and others were not punished for the threats.

“They just didn’t give me clear answers,” said Godino. “I still don’t exactly understand why I am in trouble…I can’t go to any school events and I got removed from the cheerleading team and I can’t even attend a game. It’s my senior year and I was the captain of the team. I missed all my tournaments and I hadn’t even had senior night…Some of the kids from the soccer team who actually threatened me with their Tweets had a state tournament soccer game the day I showed their threats to the school and they still played. They had another game a few days later and they played in that too. I was wondering if they would get to play and I checked and they did.”

Said Kelly, “This was really a case of her using bad judgment and then becoming the victim. One thing that bothers me that wasn’t pointed out is the people who responded with Tweets made some serious threats. Even though she started it and used poor judgment, the reactions that came out of it was really dangerous threats. I felt really disappointed they didn’t get the same punishment.”

Supt.  Dianne Kelly (not related) said there is sometimes more to the story than meets the eye.

“One thing that’s important to know is when we hear pieces of a story in the news, it’s not typically the whole story,” she said. “I am not at liberty to talk about student discipline or a student’s records. What we read is not necessarily the whole story sometimes.”

The school responded to the incident by starting a new curriculum around cultural sensitivity and being able to articulate their thoughts in a respectful way.

The situation arose, Godino said, on Nov. 4, the day after the City Election.

She was on a field trip outside the school building when she and other students got a Tweet from her Civics teacher. The Tweet was to spur thought about the low voter turnout in the City Election – saying only 10 percent of Revere ended up voting, and what the students thought about that. (Turnout was actually about 41 percent in the last City Election, rather than 10 percent).

Godino Tweeted back, “10 percent of Revere voted because the others are not legal.”

Godino said it wasn’t meant to hurt anyone. School officials have said they don’t believe she had any ill intentions, either.

However, the Tweet took off and people began to send messages back saying it wasn’t right. She immediately realized she had probably made a mistake, and deleted the Tweet.

But what’s on the Internet stays on the Internet.

“It ended up going viral,” she said.

Soon, however, threats began to pour in.

One person said they were going to wait for the bus to come back to the field trip; some soccer players said they were going to get their [slur deleted] crew and come for her; others said slurs about white people in Spanish and English.

“Reverse racism is not real,” read one Tweet.

“Is it possible to be racist to a white person?” read another.

Said Godino, “Cultures in my school segregate and stick together. On this, they were all attacking me together and saying they were going to stand up for each other. The kids from Chelsea and Everett were saying it was a bond between them to get me.“

Most of the kids, she said, she knew by name and identified to the administration.

Godino said she was never completely worried for her safety, but the schools certainly were.

“The administration was definitely worried about my safety and asked if I wanted a police officer to escort me to and from classes,” she said. “I said ‘no’ because I’ve known these kids for four years and gone to school with them. I think a lot are social media thugs and all talk on this. When it came to kids from other schools, I was a little bit frightened because the Chelsea and Everett Tweets were from kids I didn’t know. I got dirty looks at school, but nothing major.”

What was major, Godino and her mother said, was the alleged punishment that came out of the situation.

Originally, Kelly said that the administration wanted Godino to go through cultural sensitivity training – as several students in the school apparently had an illegal status. Kelly said she supported it fully and was disappointed with her daughter’s judgment in Tweeting out the message.

However, they said she wouldn’t be disciplined due to the fact that her 1st Amendment Rights protected her.

“They said I had the Right to Free Speech and the First Amendment protected this and I should lay low and not Tweet anymore,” Godino said.

However, the next day everything allegedly changed.

Both said that the schools called and said they slept on it and decided Godino needed to be disciplined. They gave her social probation, which meant she was off the cheerleading team and couldn’t attend or participate in any school events. Originally it was through Jan. 25, but after a series of appeal where Kelly produced legal cases backing up her position, the probation was concluded at early December.

“I asked them what happened and they said that the kids were just so upset by this that they had to make them happy,” said Kelly. “What about my daughter?”

  • ConcernedCitizen

    If only you could see the irony of this entire post….

  • ConcernedCitizen

    ALL CAPS!!!!!!

  • ConcernedCitizen

    If you knew anything about Orwell, you’d know he’d probably be on the side of the “illegals”…..

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Phew, now we can rest assured that the truth really is out there.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    And what exactly does loving America entail? Dehumanizing others with our words?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    LOL….. “vicious anti-whites”…… there is literally ONE non-white administrator in the entire RPS…..

  • ConcernedCitizen

    And how does this correlate with voting exactly? Undocumented citizens cannot vote – so regardless of turnout, 100 percent of voters were legal citizens….

  • ConcernedCitizen

    What is the truth that she told?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Do you believe that some humans deserve to have more rights than some other humans? If so, why?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Maybe crack open a history book and learn about how this country was founded. What legal measures were taken then?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Some real SAT words in this post…..

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    Think you should get a hobby
    and a book of words.

  • vutsrq

    Go to your safe space and have a hot chocolate. You’ll feel better. There’s also a trauma counselor on duty there for you to talk to.

  • vutsrq

    Drive down Broadway some day at noon. You’ll figure it out.

  • jparker2000

    Irony from a guy with the word “citizen” in his name. Why don’t you Google the definition and then ask that question again. Try the merriam webster definition , Pwned!

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Mmmmmm hot cocoa. But what was the answer to the question I asked?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Drive down Broadway multiple times a day, and all I see are people…. so, still no idea what you are talking about.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    I know what “illegal” means. What was the answer to the questions I asked you, though? Do you actually believe some humans deserve more rights than some other humans? If so, why?

    I am a citizen of both Revere and the earth, by the way. So I don’t believe some humans deserve more rights than other humans, regardless of how they might have entered a country. Every human deserves a good life. Sorry if you feel otherwise – seems like a pretty sad, unloving life you must lead, based on your comments.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    I am just looking for some clarity for all the hate I am reading in the comments section of this article. I find it pretty startling because I always thought Revere was full of kind people. Seems like we have a different understanding of what fascism means, so I wanted to know how you define it.

  • vutsrq

    Obviously you’re not very bright. Two time Obama voter?

  • vutsrq

    If I answer, it will trigger hurtful feelings within you. And heaven forbid.

  • William_JD

    I know how the country was founded, but I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • drensber

    Small-time mobsters. White (er “Irish/Italian”) cops who rob the local CVS and get support of the people that they “protect” after doing so. Birthplace of NAMBLA. Politicians who get in fist fights at funerals. All sounds pretty “illegal” to me!

  • ConcernedCitizen

    What makes you assume this? I just want you to describe what you mean by “Revereistan” – what does that term mean to you?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    You’re not hurting my feelings. I am simply trying to understand your perspective. Is there a reason you don’t want to share it with me?

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Yes, amen to all of this….

  • Orwell

    Another Orwell quote,

    “For some years past I have managed to make the capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against capitalism. But I do not delude myself that this state of affairs is going to last forever … the only régime which, in the long run, will dare to permit freedom of speech is a Socialist régime. If Fascism triumphs I am finished as a writer – that is to say, finished in my only effective capacity. That of itself would be a sufficient reason for joining a Socialist party.”

  • vutsrq

    Someday, when you least expect it, it will come to you, and you’ll laugh and laugh.

  • Robert Stewart

    “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”

    George Orwell

  • drensber

    I especially hate those “illegals” with Puerto Rican flags in their car windows. Revere’s full of them! 😉

  • Kelly Caley

    First of all, this is a SENIOR we’re talking about, not a “poor little girl”. Caley is OLD ENOUGH to know whats offensive and whats not! She intentionally gave out her opinion regarding an extremely offensive topic KNOWING that the majority of the school is diverse. That alone should be a red flag for her, why would you say that online.. what teacher has a twitter & uses it as educational purposes?? After sending that online tweet, she should’ve been “prepared to deal with the ramifications of that” && the opinions of others regarding her comment. As a Superintendent Diane Kelly did her job; There’s consequences to situations like this that can’t be ignored or pushed aside when it involves students & the distraction of their education. For this incident to go rival is an overreaction! That’s an understatement. The press is getting involved because the mother is trying to justify & make it known that her daughter is innocent so that her daughters future wont be affected by the twitter incident. Let’s be logical, Freedom of speech.. there’s no such thing. So bringing up the freedom of speech bs is bs; Fighting the school in court is extremely pointless because the consequences were already given to Caley & her senior year cannot be reimbursed. Its sad that this happened but hey you have to move on, put everything in the past. You cant fight the government, just deal with it.

  • 1pitbull

    No, some illegal citizens do indeed vote. Just look it up, there are many websites one can reference. Why do you think the Dems are so insistent on allowing them in and allowing them to stay?

  • My2Cents

    I like your style. Keeping it classy.

  • Difdi

    There is no such thing as ‘reverse racism’, it’s all racism. Racism is making value judgments based on skin color, pure and simple. Whether that skin be dark or pale, is irrelevant.

    It’s worth noting that when a public official — such as a school superintendent — uses their position to retaliate against someone for engaging in constitutionally-protected political speech, that official commits a federal crime. If she acted alone, Ms Kelly committed a misdemeanor-level offense. But if she conspired with someone else — for example, giving an order and her underlings in the school bureaucracy carried it out — then she (and anyone who carried out the order) committed a felony-level federal offense. After all, any crime punishable by ten years in prison is without a doubt a felony.

    Title 18, Sections 241 and 242 are officially known as color of law violations, but are more commonly called simply civil rights violations. They make it a crime to violate the constitutional, civil or statutory rights of anyone under color of law — most commonly by using official authority to do so. Retaliation against political opinions or self expression she disagrees with by removing someone from school events is exactly what this law was written to prevent.

    Given that being accused of a felony should result in her immediate suspension and being convicted would make her ineligible to be a school superintendent, I have to wonder why Ms Kelly is not already facing a grand jury?

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