Fed up with cyber bullying, the Lodi Unified School District is asking high students who partake in sports and extra-curricular activities to sign a social media contract.
“It has become an epidemic problem inside of the schools,” says Dawn Vetica, the assistant superintendent of secondary education.
“No way. It violates our freedom of speech,” one student said Monday outside of Bear Creek High School, where dozens gathered in protest.
The contract states “profanities or inappropriate language or remarks directed towards teammates, coaches, [and] other students staff…” will have consequences.
“My mom has the right to prevent me from tweeting something when I’m not in school, not the school district,” another protestor told FOX40 Monday afternoon.
Students also expressed concern about another part of the contract, which states “general inappropriate language of profane or sexual nature” will have consequences.
According to the new policy, the first offense will get a student benched or suspended from a game or meeting. The second could mean they are removed from the team or activity for the season.
Administrators have not yet said what they will do if and when students don’t sign the contract.