Williamson County Schools Concerned About Social Media
WILLIAMSON COUTY, Tenn. - Williamson County School Director Doctor Mike Looney will meet with students and parents about some troubling Twitter accounts targeting the school system Thursday.
"Students do have a first amendment right but when it impacts the ability for students to come to school and feel safe and learn that's crossing the line for us," Looney said during a press conference Thursday morning.
School administrators say new gossip and confession accounts have been posting disturbing and inappropriate content submitted by students.
"We've had some claiming that they were at parties and rape occurred," Looney explained, "and they called specific names of students that are students of ours."
The school system says that while some of the "confessions" are happening outside of school some may be taking place at school as well. An email sent to many school parents stressed that activities that disrupt school learning are subject to school discipline.
"Of course we talk about self-esteem and talk about feeling good about yourself and that's what you need to concentrate on," parent Deneen Murphy said about how the discussions she's having with her high school student.
"In order to monitor your children and to see what's going on in their life you have to have an account of your own for all of those things Instagram, Facebook and the like," parent Scott Black added.
Doctor Looney is working with parents, police and school officials to take action.
Parents are being asked to talk their kids about the appropriate use of social media.
The sites being referred to on Twitter include: @GossipWilco, @Wilcoblackouts, @Wcsconfessions.
Three meeting have been scheduled to further discuss the issue:
Williamson County Juvenile Court Hosts A Parental Awareness Campaign
"Sexting, Texting and All Things Cyber"
- February 13, 2014
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Ravenwood High School Auditorium
Let's Talk Schools
- February 18, 2014
- 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Professional Development Center
- 1761 West Main Street, Franklin, TN
- February 20, 2014
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Franklin High School