Luke Caparelli Kicked Off Wake Forest Football for Facebook Comments

Who the hell would’ve thought such a headline would even be a possibility 10 years ago? What has this world come to when players get kicked off teams for things they write in personal internet profile pages? Let’s just say it wouldn’t be the first time facebook created a stir amongst collegiate athletes. Anyway, getting to it, Wake Forest running back Luke Caparelli was kicked off the team for comments he had on his Facebook page:

[Luke Caparelli] has been dismissed from the team after writing on his Facebook page that he would “blow up campus.”

Campus police said 19-year-old Luke Caparelli posted the note on the social-networking page on Jan. 13. The note was written in third person and included a threat that Caparelli would have an Uzi submachine gun “locked and loaded in his bag.”

The affidavit said Caparelli acknowledged writing the statements but said he wouldn’t do anything to harm anyone on campus or hurt the school.

I would make a comment about this kid ordinarily, but he’s 19 and made a dumb move. He’s already paid the price of his (stupid) action. I’m still just blown away about the weight these myspace and facebook pages carry these days. I mean kids can’t get away with anything. Then again, what the heck kind of moron writes that he’s going to blow up campus anyway?

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  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    Anybody who jokes about guns on a college campus these days should be kicked into an endless pit by Leonidas.

  • http://psamp.blogspot.com tecmo

    Although I can;t condone weapons-talk online, I get mad when people use online mediums like Facebook to hold someone accountable. Back when Facebook was “new,” and I was in college, me and my friends got into a buncha trouble when some keg party pics ended up on Facebook months after the party. Since it was a small school, the administration levied massive penalties against us months after the party was an afterthought. I find it scary that certain schools can just create Facebook “rules” whenever applicable.

  • WTNelson

    There are a lot of people who may question Wake’s motives and actions for dismissing a player for making idle threats but I personally applaud them for taking immediate and direct action. I am a graduate of VA Tech and if the administration had taken the idle threats of a wacko seriously there, there would not have been 32 innocent people massacred. We as a community cannot let this happen again and if it means punishing people for stupid idle threats then so be it.

    Events like those that happened at VA Tech and Columbine should be prevented and people’s threats MUST NOT be ignored.

  • http://www.doubleazone.com Josh Centor

    In light of the Majerus situation, this continues an interesting conversation about free speech. I agree that VT, Columbine, etc. make this an impossible situation to ignore, but how do our freedoms translate with the advent of social networking sites?

  • Ryan

    Facebook, MySpace, any web site… these are all public forums; and essentially serve as public confessions. People need to realize that what they put on the internet IS public and you are responsible for what you express. Don’t expect not to be held accountable, particularly to something documented.

    Everyone has a right to view something public and we should all consider it our duty to report something of serious concern. Those people in authority then have a responsibility to act in order to protect those they serve.

    People should be careful of the words, photos, and videos they put online. The internet is the greatest form of mass communication that exists. There is no larger medium. The guilty are basically giving the world evidence against themselves.

  • Ryan

    Freedom is always limited. It’s limited by the values of society, by our morals, ethics, and laws. The freedom of an individual can only go as far as to not contradict the rights of another.

    Freedom is like a bubble that surrounds us. We can do as we please within that bubble, as long as we do not burst someone else’s bubble – causing them harm.

    Social networking web sites are real, expressions of the physical world. They merely expand our means of communicating by providing another medium for us to exchange symbols and meaning.

    The seemingly liquid nature of messages, the dynamics of symbolism, and the interpretation of meaning, combined with the various forms of noise/interference mean there is always ‘risk’ involved in communication. Just as there always was with ‘traditional’ ways, there will be online.

    We must realize there is always risk in the way we communicate. We must be mindful of the risks and the consequences. We may think we have a certain level of privacy online, but its no more than offline/in person. There is most likely less.

    Information likes to flow and people like to let it. If you share information with someone you are entrusting it to them while at the same time you take the risk of the information going beyond that person.

    Sometimes trust and privacy must be compromised for the greater good. The shrink whose patient tells him he is going to commit murder, the teacher whose student tells him he is being molested, the business partner who discovers his partner is embezzling, the friend whose roommate says on facebook he plotting to shoot up his school… what do they do? Hopefully the right thing – they notify the proper authorities. They protect lives.

    Social networking online is just like social networking offline. The values we have online should be consistent with those we have offline.

  • http://none Griffin

    Honstley, All he did was put a couple of songs,raps,lyrics whatever on the internet. Does he have any crimical record to prove he would? Any signs that he would? If he does, well then yes maybe this action should be gone through with to protect the school, But think abotu what YOUR doing to him? You’re Suspending him not EXPELLING him as all thses reporters are saying and using yellow journalism. But if he has shown no problems or likelyness to any, of this what makes you think he would crack? You know that if you dismiss him from WF your ruining his life, not to mention his shot at other schools. But your taking away the one thing he really wants in life just like all of us, to do what we do best. And for him thats Football, all of you at WF are just making an exapmle trying to law down the law. When all your doing is ruining his shot at a career! If you do expell him then your obviously not good enough to have him as a running back.

  • Danny Huntley

    Someone has way too much time on their hands if this is the kind of unsubstantiated news to publish. If it were true, then run with it…..time is a terrible thing to waste!

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