A letter describing how a high school student received detention
for using the Firefox browser -- apparently because his teacher didn't understand that Firefox is simply a different kind of browser -- has been doing the rounds:
The letter actually says "Foxfire" not "Firefox" -- which makes it sound like the teacher was totally clueless.
I believed the letter when I saw it. In fact, I didn't notice that anyone was skeptical of it (though apparently a few people were
). But it turns out to be a hoax. The Big Spring School District has posted a notice
Recently, a file was uploaded to the Internet purporting to be a copy of a letter from Big Spring High School to a student regarding a two hour detention. The uploaded letter was an altered version of a detention letter sent to a student. Unfortunately, privacy concerns prevent the School District from giving a full explanation of the nature and source of the letter’s alteration at this time. The Big Spring School District does have confirmation that the discipline letter was altered.
The reports, blogs and other sources on the Internet indicating that a Big Spring student was assigned detention for using the Firefox internet browser instead of Internet Explorer are untrue and were based on the fake letter. Detention is assigned in our schools after appropriate warnings are given. If students continue to engage in non-academic activities or fail to follow a teacher’s directive during class time, discipline can and will be assigned.
John C. Scudder
High School Principal
Atomic1fire already posted this in the forum
, but I thought it deserved to be on the main page.