Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:42 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
BILLINGS - Billings School District Two is teaming up with local law enforcement in an attempt to curb the negative use of social media by students.
Nationwide, students have created Facebook 'confession' pages to anonymously post and admit anything they want. While some posts are constructive, others are intentionally hurtful.
Facebook pages like "West High Confessions" and "Senior High Confessions" have surfaced recently in Billings. The content on pages have alarmed school administrators, teachers, parents and students alike.
"Some of the posts and comments are harmless, indirect expressions," said SD2 Superintendent Terry Bouck in a letter to staff and parents. "Other posts, however, are being directed at particular students and school staff and are very vulgar and hurtful in nature."
SD2 officials are working with the Billings Police Department, Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the FBI, to handle the negative impact of social media within its schools.
In the letter, Bouck stated that there will be serious ramifications for any student that is identified as allowing or making inappropriate posts or comments on the pages under the district's Hazing, Bullying, and Cyberbullying Procedure and Harassment/Intimidation of Students Policy. Expulsion is a possible consequence.
"Educating students is the best means of curbing the negative use of social media," Bouck added in his letter.
The superintendent concluded by asking parents for support as they work to keep the students safe and to help them use technology in a safe and appropriate manner.