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School Officials Struggle To Monitor, React To Social Media

The recent comment made on a Franklin Central High School student‘s Facebook page illustrates the pressure it places on administrators.

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Schools are having a hard time monitoring student's Facebook activities. Much of what students say on Facebook is protected by the First Amendment.

Social media websites are making it harder for schools to protect students’ peace of mind. The recent comment made on a Franklin Central High School student‘s Facebook page illustrates the pressure it places on administrators.

The student threatened to bring a gun to school. School officials had to treat the threat seriously, even though after investigating it, they say it was “not credible.” The threat puts parents, students and teachers one edge.

School safety expert Chuck Hibble says it is is not a problem unique to FCHS.

“It is a cause for concern and vigilance on the part of school officials, parents and the schools in general,” he said.

Plus, he says with threatening comments made on social websites there is a legal argument that the writing comments are protected by the first amendment.

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