Ashley Judd and Alan Stein don't normally pop into the same thought (or sentence). But recent events have given them something in common: good cause to denounce the malevolence enabled by the Internet's anonymity.
Actress and director Judd famously called out the Twitter trolls who showered her with invective and sexualized threats in response to one of her tweets criticizing the University of Kentucky's opponent during a recent men's basketball game.
Stein, a Lexington businessman and chairman of the Fayette County Public Schools redistricting committee, last week revealed that the committee had received anonymous threats and "a couple of comments that if you don't do the right thing, you will regret it."
The anonymous nastiness directed at the redistricting committee may prove the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. The committee's deliberations and decision-making process could not be more open or transparent — both in person and online.
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Parents and members of the public can sign up for emailed updates at fcps.net/zones and easily comment, offer suggestions or ask questions at fcps.net/letstalk.
Hundreds have taken advantage, posting long, thoughtful input and responses that can be read at fcps.net/zones.
In response to the recent threat, Stein wisely said the committee "will not be intimidated" nor "consider any concerns that come wrapped in threats anonymously."
Decisions about school assignments are hugely important to parents, children, schools and neighborhoods. Emotions run high when you think your child's future is at stake. But good parents teach by example — and anonymously threatening civic-minded volunteers is nothing we want our children to emulate.
Soreheads who get some kind of kick from making anonymous threats are just plain pathetic.