MOOC problem

Inside Higher Ed has an article today on the problem of hate speech and suicide threats that appear among the many student comments in online MOOCs.  Excerpt:

…Troubled MOOC users are an elephant in the room, said Gary Pavela, the author of a book on college student suicide and an instructor at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland’s College Park campus…

Different analogies could be applied.  Since such courses are MOOcs, we prefer seeing the problem as a bull in a china shop.

The article is at:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/06/professors-wonder-how-deal-suicidal-or-homicidal-students-online