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For schools, addressing social media mishaps is complex

from U.S. News & World Report

When high school students from a small, wealthy Massachusetts school district known for its excellent schools were found to have messaged each other on Facebook using racial and homophobic slurs, school officials and law enforcement immediately stepped in. The incident, unfolding in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has prompted investigations by school officials and local police as well as a series of community meetings. But how and when school officials decide to intervene in instances in which students — or even teachers — are using social media in a negative, inappropriate or confrontational manner, especially incidents that occur off school property and during the summer, is complicated and nuanced. more


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