I'm betting an absolutely huge majority of traffic on Twitter is completely pointless and inane
This uninformed stereotype of twitter activity is outdated.
The vast majority of tweets today are links and retweets. Live example, I just looked at the 10 most recent tweets in my stream. The first 9 are links and the 10th is a comment about WeChat.
numbers, letters, mixed case, special characters, 14 digits.
You might be on to something.
Having the student issue a written apology to the teacher and having him post a simple "obviously this was a joke" tweet seems like it should have handled the situation quite well and made it a learning experience for the student. Engaging the parents early would help ensure it's taken seriously and reinforced at home. No damage done, no lawsuits, no absurdly ignorant police chiefs.
Based on the facts presented thus far, I don't really see that the school district has a leg to stand on and that police chief needs to head back to night school to brush up on some law basics. Now that teacher; she may have had cause for some sort of civil action against the student, especially if the school did any sort of investigation of her based on the content of the exchange.
If the school wanted to take action here, they should have provided the teacher with lawyers and legal options upon request. If the tweets caused some sort of disruption on their own (frankly, the school district's actions caused more disruption than anything else), only then should they have acted based on the results of an investigation. Here they just seemed to have been lurching about without any sort of plan or clue for how to proceed properly and objectively.
These guys are weaving a judicial tapestry that ensures that even if society as a whole were to move a bit in their direction over time, there will be so much precedent against them that it'll take decades longer to accomplish their goals.
"13% of CompSci Grads Get Jobs in Silicon Valley or Redmond"
If it's required by law (e.g. driver's license, medical license, etc) then sure. If it's an IT cert, then it's absurd. And if the justification is that some contract requires it, then fire the asshole who wrote and/or signed that contract.
I understand that people place differing levels of confidence in certs and I don't begrudge them that. I disagree that IT certs mean much, but others think they're more useful. Where my strong objection comes in is holding that over somebody's head and bringing in auditors to shitcan everyone (regardless of how good a job they're doing) because some useless piece of paper expired.
Only way I'd ever take a job at a place like that is if the annual salary was enough for me to retire on. That way, even if they shitcanned me the day the cert expired, I'd be set for life anyway. And I'd still go in every day thinking to myself "fuck this place". They certainly would never get my best work, which only comes when I'm pouring my heart and soul into the work I'm doing to build something I can be proud of.
Then they were better off for it. Any place that'll pull that kind of bullshit without regard for knowledge, skill, and work ethic (Hell, any place without regard for treating its workforce like human beings instead of numbers) isn't a healthy place to work anyway. I don't care if they're starting you a $250k; without any sense of job security, you go in each day and go to bed each night wondering if you'll have a job tomorrow.
That's no way to live. Fuck that place.