2015-03-05 / Front Page

Schilling Implicates Students

By Olga Enger

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said students at Salve Regina were among those who sent vulgar messages directed at his daughter on Twitter. The story that has made national news first started on Feb. 25, when Schilling announced on Twitter that his daughter will be pitching for the Seahawks next year. His daughter, Gabby Schilling, is currently a senior at Medfield High School in Medfield, Mass.

On his blog, 38pitches, Schilling, an ESPN analyst, reported he received frightening and sexually explicit Tweets in response to his announcement, some of which contained the word “rape” and other threatening vulgarities.

Schilling reported on ESPN’s “The Dan Patrick Show" that some of the Tweets were sent by students at Salve Regina. "Some got suspended, some got kicked out,"

Schilling told Patrick on the Tuesday show.

A Salve Regina spokesperson said the school does not disclose specific sanctions, but they may range from required education to expulsion.

The school issued the following statement:

“Salve Regina is happy to welcome Gabby Schilling along with the rest of her classmates in the Class of 2019. The university strives to provide an educational environment free from all forms of intimidation, hostility, offensive behavior and discrimination. Any Salve Regina student demonstrating behaviors that violate the university’s code of conduct is adjudicated according to the institution’s standard protocols. The university is taking action and the process is ongoing."

All members of the Salve Regina community assume an obligation to treat others – whether online or in person – with respect and civility. The university consistently provides education and training about responsible social media behavior. We will use this experience as another opportunity from which to learn and grow.”

Two young men from New Jersey have already been identified and experienced consequences as a result of their Tweets.

Sean MacDonald, a recent college graduate who was employed as a ticket-seller for the Yankees, has been fired. College student Adam Nagel has been suspended from Brookdale Community College and will attend a conduct hearing, according to the school’s Facebook page. The Brookdale police are also actively investigating his Tweets.

On his blog, Schilling said it wasn’t enough to ignore the messages.

“These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons,” he wrote. “In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.”

Towards the end of his essay, Schilling apologized to his daughter for causing her any embarrassment.

“Don't know what I would do without you, I love you so much!!” she Tweeted her dad on Sunday.

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