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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Negative social media behavior prompts Crookston High School to take action

  • Principal Jorgenson sends out instant, electronic SchoolReach message Friday afternoon.
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  • An apparent spike in negative, student-to-student and student-to-teacher social media behavior at Crookston High School has prompted the formation of a Twitter account for people to report wrongdoing.
    Late Friday afternoon, CHS Principal Lon Jorgenson, via a SchoolReach instant, electronic message, stated the following:
    "As a school, we work hard at CHS to prevent students from being subjected to negative types of communication.  Recently, we have experienced some very negative and offensive student-student and student-teacher usage of social media.  However, we are also aware that we cannot prevent all hurtful things from being spoken or written. Please help us put a stop to this type of behavior by visiting the Twitter page (link below) for reporting abuse.
    https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser
    "A sad reality that we face is that this type of activity has quickly drawn in hundreds of followers. Please spread the word to other students and parents that any type of attention given to this behavior encourages more of that type of communication. Parents should monitor closely the social media activity of their students. This is a teachable moment for appropriate digital citizenship.  Thank you for helping us make CHS a better place for all to learn.  Go Pirates!!!"
    That's all the information that's available at this juncture. The matter may or may not be discussed at Monday's Crookston School Board meeting.

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