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December 14, 2014
Alabama High School Bans Cell Phones To Curb Cyberbullying
An Alabama high school has banned cell phones because of cyberbullying, according to Cullman Times. Good Hope High School administrators issued a ban on cell phones on campus in response to “inappropriate and abusive messages” posted about students on the mobile app Yik Yak.
The report goes on to say that last month, Cullman City Schools temporarily restricted cell phone use for Cullman High School students. The students were not allowed to use their cell phones without an adult present “in an effort to curb inappropriate posts generated about Cullman High School students and faculty on Yik Yak,” according to Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth.
Dr. Griffeth went on to say that the restrictions at Cullman High, however, only lasted a few days, as “students began policing themselves and took responsibility for the negative posts.” She said that the students “stepped-up and decided they wanted the full freedom to use their phones and didn’t want these posts to represent them or their community.” She says, “We’re training our kids to be responsible and alerting our parents to these issues when they come up.”
The report says that students at Good Hope were notified early Thursday of the ban after “several anonymous users posted offensive comments targeting students,” according to Assistant Principal Houston Blackwood. [READ FULL STORY]