Frankly, this seems more akin to old Slashdot than a lot of the nonsense we see here today. (That story the other day about a girl sent home from school because her lunch wasn't healthy, and then quickly called into question over what happened? Really? What was that topic even doing on Slashdot in the first place?)
Hey that sounds like a classic Jon Katz "Hellmouth" story to me. I can't imagine why you wouldn't think that was akin to "the old Slashdot!"