Schools secret tweeter uses social media for good
Schools secret tweeter uses social media for good
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Schools secret tweeter uses social media for good Boyle County High School in Danville, Kentucky, has a mystery angel who is making it a point to focus on the good rather than the bad, and it seems to be making a difference.

In January, a new Twitter account was started with the handle BCHSAnonymous and a profile statement that reads, "My mission? It's simple. To spread positivity around Boyle County High School."

Several tweets were sent out to get the positive vibes started.

"Let's do something crazy," said the first tweet posted on January 25, followed by four more introductory tweets:

"There's no doubt that there is a lot of negativity in our everyday lives."

"Why not do something to change that?"

"Starting now, I'll anonymously compliment Boyle County High School students and staff."

"Hopefully along the way I can put a smile on someone's face and make our school a better place."

Since then, the anonymous tweeter has posted uplifting, encouraging and complimentary tweets focusing on students and staff members.

Julie Taylor, district drama coach for Boyle County Schools, says she is impressed and excited about the anonymous tweeter.

"I just think it's a great idea," said Taylor. "There's so much negativity on social media, and it's nice to see someone being positive. I don't know who it is, but I'm pretty sure it's a student."

The first complimentary tweet read, "First compliment goes to @briannlynn98 she's a an absolute sweetheart. Brianna, your smile and positive outlook doesn't go unnoticed."

"The only thing bigger than @HagenTyler_2015's future is his heart. His kindness and humility is so nice to see. He's gonna change things," read a tweet.

"Mrs. Casey from Guidance is a wonderful lady. She's helpful to everyone. Plus, her candles make that corner of the school smell great," read another.

The mystery tweeter also sends out global messages of encouragement to those who may be struggling with common teen issues.

"If you're looking for a sign not to kill, harm or insult yourself, this is it. If no one else is telling you they love you, I will," said the encouraging tweet.

It is not entirely certain if the good Samaritan is a student or a faculty member. However, tweeted clues seem to point to a student.

When asked by a Twitter follower about the tweeter's identity, BCHSAnonymous said, "Can't say at the moment ... I'm going to stay under the radar :) All I can tell you is that I go to BCHS."

"I don't know who it is, but I follow them on Twitter," said freshman Elizabeth Lyons, "I think it's a great thing. It really brightens people's day."

Students have responded and publicly thanked @BCHSAnonymous with tweets of their own.

"@BCHSAnonymous thank you so much! I really appreciate it! This is really cool what you're doing," tweeted a student.

Another student said, "@BCHSAnonymous wow! Thank you so much! Whoever you are, keep it up!" and another tweeted, "@BCHSAnonymous thank you! You made my heart smile."

BCHSAnonymous has certainly made an impact on the students and faculty at the high school.

"Teenagers get a lot of attention for the negative things they post on the Internet" said Taylor. "I think it's important to give attention to the positive. I also really like how the person behind it is remaining anonymous, so it's really a selfless thing to do."

With nearly 400 followers, the high school Twitter angel has the school buzzing with speculation, but many like the anonymity aspect of the tweets and hope it stays that way.

"I don't want to find out who it is. I think it's nice that we aren't worried about who it is. We just think it's a positive part of the day. And, I like how they mention teachers too," said senior Cierra Hawkins.

The tweets have cast a positive outlook on the entire school and students say they look forward to seeing BCHSAnonymous' latest compliment.

"They mention a lot of kids that wouldn't get attention otherwise. A lot of the kids mentioned aren't involved in things like sports, so they are getting attention too," said senior Aaron Lewis.

"It's a nice contrast to all the other accounts that are really negative," said Savannah Stow, a junior.

One recent post reads, "There are 16 days of school left, so that's 16 opportunities to help someone. You never know how big of an impact your actions can make."

Critical thinking challenge: Why are the tweets more effective because they are anonymous? How might the tweeter or fellow students behave differently if they knew the identity of the tweeter?

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COMMENTS (114)
  • Emily117
    5/28/2014 - 03:43 p.m.

    I think the tweets are so sweet and a great idea. It is better for the tweeter to be anonymous because it's better to know that someone acknowledges your good deeds that you don't even know. If you know who it is, then you might second guess the kindness. It gives people hope and happiness that they can be loved by anyone. It makes people feel good inside.

  • SavannahM-3
    5/28/2014 - 07:09 p.m.

    This article was a twitter user who uses they account to spread positivity. The unknown user dislikes cyberbullying very much and has decided to not spread hateful comments about students and staff but to do rather the opposite. This user has changed lives and has kept many people happy on some of their worst days. There are only 16 more school days left so this user has 16 more opportunities to change someones life. You never know how big your impact could be on others. i thought this was a nice article to read some of the post and the person might be changing many times by each post made.

  • davidt-Bash
    5/28/2014 - 10:01 p.m.

    why does a school use twitter media? I mean what with teenagers using twitter, they just talk about life like ''Johnny dumped me'' sad face ''Hey girl want to go to the mall like BFFS

  • JULIUSB-ZDE
    5/29/2014 - 11:15 a.m.

    When reading this article it made me compare the anonymous witter account to Gossip Girl but the only difference between them is the anonymous's twitter account is actually sweet and positive. The account is a great idea because anyone could be having a bad day and if they saw they got a compliment it could be make their day.

  • louisb-Bash
    5/29/2014 - 11:47 a.m.

    I think it would definitely change the students view of the tweeter if he showed his identity to his fellow followers. I think the tweets are more effective because say one of his followers didn't like the tweeter as a student, they would stop tweeting around him and start the smash talk all over again on twitter.

  • Alex33212
    5/29/2014 - 04:55 p.m.

    This is really nice! Some of these tweets would even make a good quote, such as "If you're looking for a sign not to kill, harm or insult yourself, this is it. If no one else is telling you they love you, I will,".

  • AlexLJ-2
    5/29/2014 - 10:08 p.m.

    A student at Boyle County High School has anonymously started a Twitter account just to spread goodness and compliments to the other students and staff. This account has been active since January and along with helping their fellow students, they also talk about issues teens have all over the world. I think its awesome that this person is doing this on Twitter and I'm impressed that they are remaining anonymous so they don't even get credit. They just do it from the goodness of their hearts.

  • riamt-Bash
    5/29/2014 - 10:34 p.m.

    I really like this article because it is really positive and mysterious at the exact same time, I like how the person is really nice to everyone and is helping them become more positive and all. Also, I think that when you hear this from some mysterious kid it really makes you happy and feel a lot more special than you felt before, its really encouraging, plus to get people to be more positive to others is like x2 better! If the person that was writing the comments, was reading the article and was reading my comment right now I would say keep up the good work because you are making everyone feel important the way they are! ;-)

  • daniely-Bash
    5/30/2014 - 01:13 a.m.

    I think that the tweets are more effective if they are anonymous, because some people might like tweets that are anonymous, and the tweets might make them feel good.It's kind of like a mystery to everybody. If the students had known the identity of the tweeter, maybe people would get jealous of the person and be mean to him/her.

  • ArianaB-1
    5/30/2014 - 09:26 a.m.

    A high school in Kentucky has recently had a twitter account started by someone to complement the students and faculty.The account is called BCHSAnonymous.The account focuses on the positive things in life trying to make people feel better about all the negative things they see on the internet.Students say they really like the anonymous tweeter and have made public thank you's on their twitter accounts to the unknown person.The principal even thinks it's a good idea saying that the students need this kind of positivity in their lives. Although no one knows who it is people have a feeling it's a student and not a staff member.I think it's nice that someone would go out of their way to try to make people feel better.

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