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This trend has seen two teachers pushed to the edge of sanity and subsequently fired for their outbursts (Melanie Smith, “Cyberbaiting: A New Teen Trend That Humiliates Teachers,” TakePart.com, Dec. 8, 2011).

The temptation to misuse technology as it becomes easily portable and accessible everywhere is significant. Of course, teachers must take care to not become quickly riled, and some who become completely unhinged may well show themselves unfit to be teachers. But many people can be caught losing it if intentionally ambushed.

The Christian approach is to imagine how each of us would feel if others treated us the way we intend to treat them. Would we want our worst moments recorded and shared? How would we feel if someone egged us into an angry outburst? The Bible speaks against setting traps for others (Psalms 38:12 Psalms 38:12They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
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Psalms  54:5-6;  Psalms  119:110;  Psalms  140:5; 141:9-10; Proverbs 26:27 Proverbs 26:27Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.
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; Jeremiah 5:26 Jeremiah 5:26For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
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).

Teachers and students are sometimes at odds, but respect for those in authority is a part of good character (Romans 13:1-7 Romans 13:1-7 1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil. 5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually on this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
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; Hebrews 13:17 Hebrews 13:17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
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; 1 Peter 2:17 1 Peter 2:17Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
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). If we develop respect for others, we are building a foundation for respecting God and His will for us. Of course, truly abusive authority on the part of teachers should be reported to parents and school administration.

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