On February 25th Retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took to twitter to congratulate his daughter Gabby for getting accepted to Salve Regina on a sports scholarship to follow in her father’s footsteps as a pitcher for the Seahawks (link to story). What seemed like a harmless post to show how proud he was of his daughter (link to twitter post) quickly turned ugly as the nefarious population on twitter couldn’t help but throw in their $.02 by making sexually explicit comments towards his daughter in an obvious attempt to get him upset. Schilling took the bait by answering back to riff raff and when things got ugly he went on the hunt for the people behind the accounts so he could hold them accountable for their actions.
While the public majority was clearly on team Schilling especially since many of the comments made about his daughter were terrible in nature, there was an opposite view I heard yesterday while listening to sports radio on my evening ride home that made me think. The thought was maybe Schilling should have kept his public congratulations to his daughter private and not made it public in the first place. Was he asking for it? Perhaps he should have not responded to the obvious attempts to get him upset. Either way once it is out there it is out of the senders control no matter how harmless the intent.
In the wake of this story a college student who is VP of his fraternity is suspended pending review and a New York Yankees employee has been fired after Schilling exposed their identities on his blog as the “people behind the keyboard” who viscously attacked his daughter. This is another example of why it is important to treat all posts on social media as public because once you hit send it cannot be un-sent. It will forever be attached to your online and in some cases offline Identities.