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CBC readers react to man fired for Amanda Todd post

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sm-amanda todd -460-CP03416940.jpgA CBC News story about an Ontario man who was fired after making online posts about the death of Amanda Todd has racked up over 200 comments so far.

The man's comments were spotted by an Alberta mother, Christine Claveau of Airdrie, who sent a letter to Mr. Big and Tall in Toronto. She told the company about what she considered a hateful online post about Amanda Todd by one of the chain's employees.

The company responded by firing the man.

Many CBC Community members were supportive of Claveau, and of the company's actions.

  • "Way to lead by example! Everyone needs to stand up and do what is right, she did the right thing. We tell our kids when they see someone being a bully to go to an authority figure (teacher/parent/bus driver)... in the adult world this is what she did, she went to the employer. Unlike the rest of us who clicked our tongues and said "tisk, tisk". Well done!" said maritimenews.


  • "Following a few Twitter trolls who've become notorious concerning comments they've made about Amanda and the Twitterverse is making them pay dearly for stupidity and callousness. Maybe now they can appreciate what it feels like when they're the targets," said William Peebles.


  • "I think a comment like that shows this man has a lot of hatefulness inside him and I wouldn't want him working for my company either. It doesn't matter if the comment was harmless or not, it shows his character and his character is obviously lacking human decency," said Sean Flynn.


  • "A step in the right direction: if you're gonna bully on line, you're going to be exposed. Simply justice for all," said meshgas.


  • "What's so great about anonymous people having freedom of speech? Seems to me that, if you want to exercise your right to speak freely, you can identify yourself so that those of us who disagree can speak freely back at you," said Mollygirl238.


Other commenters, while condemning the man's actions, were worried about the precedent his firing set:


  • "Has anyone thought through the broader and potential implications of this precedent? Suppose the guy didn't do it? Suppose it's you? I for one am a bit concerned about the cyber-vigilantism; as well as cyber-bullying. I guess I have to admit that I don't feel bad for the creep either, but this is a dangerous precedent," said steve478.


  • "I want to be very clear before I begin that what this guy posted online was disgusting and incredibly mean. I also have very strong opinions about internet trolls. I think anybody who posts things they don't really mean online because they get some kind of thrill out of the reaction are pathetic and sad individuals with miserable lives. Somebody posted that if you don't support what this woman did that you support bullying, which is bunk.With all of that said, contacting the employer was way out-of-line. Contacting an employer when somebody has done wrong to you outside of work, especially if no law was even broken, is something I have seen done to other people around me. It is wrong. Is there a guideline for when you can contact an employer? For comments on the internet, yes or no? For lies and adultery, yes or no? For what is it OK to do this, for what is it not, and who gets to decide? I've seen angry ex-girl/boyfriends and jealous rivals contact employers. If people support this, where do they draw the line? It would be another matter entirely if the employer found it on their own, but they didn't. Much like spam email, if people would just ignore the trolls, they really would go away," said JeffCa.


  • "There's a fine line being walked here between respecting a person's rights and freedoms when they are not on the clock (even the right to be a jerk) and an employer's right to dismiss marginal employees that don't live up to their corporate model.But I agree that internet trolling and "anonymous jerk-dom" is becoming a scourge in our society; and in a forum where people feel they can cut loose without any accountability for their actions. I would stand behind Mr Big and Tall's actions but caution them to be ready for a "human rights" claim against them. As for the whistle-blower being a bully: gmab! [give me a break] Only other bullies fearful of losing their easy prey would raise such a comment! Grief tends to move people towards what is already abundant in their hearts. It moved a man to reveal the deep cruelty and insensitivity in his heart and moved a woman to empathy for the family and a desire for justice," said Grizzly1.

  • "While cheering on a youth's suicide is pretty terrible I don't like seeing people's web comments leading to disciplinary action unless the comments were posted using company equipment or under the guise of being a company representative," said notoriginalname.


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