LMSD Addresses Students Getting 'Shmacked'

Students could face consequences from the district.

The principals of Harriton and Lower Merion high schools sent a letter to parents Tuesday night informing them of YouTube videos featuring district students who appeared to be drinking alcohol and using drugs.

"Though all of the activities occur off campus, and the film appears to have been recorded last summer, it is critical that there are swift and appropriate consequences," the letter, signed by Harriton Principal Steven Kline and Lower Merion Principal Sean Hughes, reads in part. "Where we have the authority and power to act and respond, we will. We are in the process of notifying parents of students that appear in the video and will do so by Thursday afternoon."

The videos—no longer online—depicted students getting "shmacked," or so high or drunk as to not be able to function, according to a CBS 3 report.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman told CBS 3 she is especially concerned the apparent illegal activity was going on in or near cars.

According to the CBS 3 report, videographers said the alcohol and marijuana shown in the videos were fake. 

There are also "I'm Shmacked" Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as a website where school-specific T-shirts are available for purchase.

"Adults who take things completely out of context [...] ought to mind the generational gap and stay in between their lines rather than try to exploit and magnify a situation simply to scare parents and raise an audience," read a post on the "I'm Shmacked" Facebook page on Wednesday with a link to a CBS 3 tweet. "Big Brother is watching."

Metoxic February 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Joe W, I'm glad you're smart enough to stay out of such things. I doubt anyone will be busted for being in the videos. That doesn't mean they might not have other problems, if certain people see such behavior. Kids don't realize how much these things can follow them around... for a long time.
I'm Shmacked February 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Nope, I was 17 when i filmed it :)
Raekwon Hernandez March 02, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Most of you people probably live in Haverford or some other dreadful place of the like.
Sammy March 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I think you are missing the point. The school district is responsible for your children during school hours and parents would be in an uproar if this happened during those hours and one of those kids got hurt or killed! I think the district did the proper thing and notify ALL parents of what is going on, just think what would happen if they didn't! This affects All the students in the school district, not just the few on the video. As for the student who was interviewed and said it was no big deal and that he has gotten smacked, how disrespectful to your family name.
I love Getting Shmacked March 05, 2012 at 05:46 AM
im shmacked bitches!!!!!


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