The Cody School Board spent an unnecessary amount of time last Tuesday attempting to come up with a solution to the false information being spread on social media.
In less than 40 minutes, 107 comments were posted responding to the original post that a student was not allowed to wear a U.S. Navy sash at commencement ceremonies the previous day.
That original post was about 99 percent false. But the rumor and the virulent posts that followed spread like wildfire on the Cody Classifieds Facebook page.
This incident is strikingly familiar to what happened in Washington D.C. last January between student Nick Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
The video of the incident appeared to show the teen wearing a MAGA hat acting racist and went viral.
However, within days of the first coverage of the incident, the narrative was revised as more information became available. Additional video of the incident showed Phillips approaching the students.
With just a snippet of information (many times simply biased propaganda) hostile, rancorous comments spread like wildfire on social media and internet posts.
It’s past time to stop getting all of your information from social media or biased posts and then viciously commenting.
When you read or hear something, don’t just jump to a conclusion and start spewing hatred. Put down your smart phone. Take a deep breath and wait for the truth to emerge.
An old adage could be adapted to the situation.
“It is better to keep your comments to yourself and be thought a fool than start typing and remove all doubt.”