GASTONIA, N.C. -- Two students at Forestview High School in Gaston County have been suspended over tweets they allegedly posted.
Gaston school officials say the two students were suspended for tweeting threats, but because they are both juveniles officials will not provide any additional information.
Student Maggie Horne said the two students got three-day in-school suspensions.
"People were suspended for saying they were going to blow-up the school, but it was a joke," she said.
School officials said a third student was also suspended for using a cell phone in class, which is a violation of school policy.
A check on Twitter of mentions of Forestview High revealed mostly negative comments about the school including this: "I'd rather be in a concentration camp--We are under Hitler," an apparent reference to Principal Audrey Devine.
Ashley Hearn, the mother of a 16-year-old tenth grader at Forestview, said the school department should work to find out why students are so unhappy at the school instead of looking at student's tweets.
"The administration is supposed to be for the kids. They are not supposed to be against the kids," she said.
Gaston school officials deny they are randomly asking for access to student Twitter pages.
As long as what students say is legal, Jenifer Rudinger, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said, "Students should not be disciplined for what they express on their own time, especially if they are using their own computer or cell phone."
Rudinger added that the ACLU would be interested in hearing from any school student who has been suspended for for tweets that did not pose a threat.