This attention has resulted in people researching the Twitter users and in at least one case involving minors, notifying their schools' administration (this was done by Jezebel, as described in this article). I'm worried about this in many ways, but Matthew Ingram's article "When does shaming racist kids turn into online bullying?" helps gets at my main question. To go a bit further - why do we feel like we can come down on kids and not challenge adults (for example, some members of Congress) for racist and sexist comments, or general bigotry? And who do we think these kids are learning these behaviors from? There seems to be a disconnect here that I haven't figured out, but I am thinking over.
I'll be working on this a bit in the next few months, as well as really, truly starting my dissertation work. I'm thrilled to be working with teens again, and I'm excited to really manage a research study of my own. In the meantime, Happy Holidays.