Is text messaging language infecting or liberating the English language?

A school essay written entirely in text message shorthand by a Scottish teenager has raised concern that literary standards are under threat. 

The student told her teacher that it was easier to write than standard English. Many Irish students agree. 

My summr hols wr CWOT.
B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro. his GF & thr 3 :-kids FTF.
ILNY, it's a gr8 plc.

The Principal of the Marian College in Ballsbridge, Dublin Paul Meany says that occasionally that this text speak is seen in a student's work. 

Different sorts of communication involve different ways of expressing themselves.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 March 2003. The reporter is Mary Calpin.