Crypt School Hands Pupils Legal Bill For Twitter Insults

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Three people have been handed a legal bill for tweeting seemingly defamatory statements about a school and its staff.

Hundreds of tweets about The Crypt School in Gloucestershire were published by pupils past and present using the hashtag #controversialcryptmoments.

One pupil has since been suspended and three individuals, believed to be former pupils at the grammar school have been sent a letter demanding they pay the bill.

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The all-boys institution sought advice from lawyers over the controversial comments on Twitter, according to local paper The Citizen.

One tweet accused a teacher of wanting two schoolboys to kiss in front of her while another called the school a "prison".

Richard James, chairman of the school's governors, said: "The board of governors of The Crypt School view the use of social media to insult, abuse, bully or defame a student, a member of staff or the school with the utmost seriousness.

"We will do whatever it takes to ensure people's reputations, and make sure people are not bullied in this way."

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But there has since been outrage on the twittersphere over the schools actions with one student saying he had lost his vice-captaincy for tweeting on the thread. One Gloucester-based Twitter user tweeted:

Jeremy Anthon
Crypt never was one for taking a joke.

While another, @MattCainn, said: "Stuff we were all saying i'm not sure why those 3 specifically [received letters], i'm waiting for my letter haha".

Read some of the tweets about the school below:

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Correction: We previously stated the school was fee-paying but we have now amended this.

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