Students Railing Against Social Media Contract Implemented by School District

STOCKTON –

A local school districts attempt at stopping cyber-bullying has crossed the line with many of its students.  The Lodi Unified School District is requiring high school students who participate in after-school programs such as sports or clubs to sign a social media contract.

Basically the document says the school district can monitor students posts on social media and kick them off the team, or out of the club, if they are inappropriate.

“We’re not against a social media contract,” explained Bear Creek High School Junior Zachary Denney.  “Rather, we’re against the broad spectrum that they have on what is exactly inappropriate.”

Students claim they are the one’s being bullied, by the school district, to sign a document they say violates their First Amendment rights.

“Social media on Facebook and Twitter is our way of expressing ourselves in this generation,” said Sabrina Foster, a Junior at Bear Creek.

According to the contract, if students post, tweet, or even “like” something on social media that is deemed inappropriate — the first, time it’s a game suspension.  A second offense though and you’ll be kicked off the team for good.

Bear Creek Principal Bill Atterberry wants everyone to keep an open mind.

“Understanding that we’re also looking to protect students and to make them feel comfortable and doing anything we can to stop bullying on our campus’”

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