How to prevent social media problems in schools?

The increased inappropriate usage of electronic devices has caused schools to take steps to prevent social media problems from having a negative influence on their school and students. Students are using the social media to vent their frustrations with their schools, school principals, and other students. With over 50% of kids ages 10-17 admitting to posting risky comments or photos online, schools must take additional measures to prevent social media problems in schools.  

According to the article, Racist Instagram Photos Tore a California School Apart, schools across the United States have challenges with preventing social media problems that result from students who post toxic things online. The specific incident began in a California school where Anika Mallard was sitting in her math class when a friend passed her the phone. It was pulled up to an Instagram account containing pictures of the 16-year-old and several other Black students with nooses around their necks and side by side with monkeys.

Albany High School administrators initially suspended 13 students associated with the private account for five days and threatened one with expulsion. Then, as most of the students prepared to reintegrate into the school, emails went out from the school district’s superintendent and the school’s principal identifying these student as “racists” and “abusers.

Herein lies the beginning to the problem. The administrators did their job when they disciplined the students according to school board policy. However they took it to far by issuing a follow up letter to express their position as administrators. This action created a hostile environment for the students who initiated the racist social media post.

Furthermore parents later received another communication about a noose found at a local park, though cops later clarified it was a broken swing. A lawsuit brought forth by the families of four of the accused kids says that these messages—regardless of their veracity—helped create a pressure cooker that went off on March 30, when the students returned to school.

The students were required to attend a closed door restorative justice seminar orchestrated by a group called SEEDS. When the students emerged from the SEED session, tensions in the school were high. People were hot and tired and wanted to make their anger at the perpetrators known. As the kids attempted to get through the crowd and to their cars, some of them were struck in the head by some of the nearly 100 demonstrators. One of the students suffered a broken nose

Herein lies the second and third error committed by the administrators. Once the students received their suspensions the disciplinary process should have ceased. The continued discipline entered into the realm of double jeopardy by requiring the students to submit to the SEEDS seminar after receiving their punishment

The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . .” The four essential protections included are prohibitions against, for the same offense:

  • retrial after an acquittal;
  • retrial after a conviction;
  • retrial after certain mistrials; and
  • multiple punishment

Furthermore, their error lies in the way that they did not protect the students. With one hundred demonstrators, they should have taken extra measures to protect the students no matter how they may have felt personally.

Administrators who desire to prevent social media problems in their schools must evaluate the culture of the school. A culture evaluation begins with gathering information from students. In this case, since it appears that racist comments are a hotbed this should provide an appropriate beginning.

It will become a reality that the real challenge is the relationships between students. Students have decided to use social media as a format to express the lack of positive relationships at the schools. School officials can prevent social media problems in schools by promoting positive racial relationships between students.

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All the best,

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
www.positiveracialrelationships.com
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

         
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

The Raccelerate Phenomenon

Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education

                 

 

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~ Tom Coleman ~
Woodstown-Pilesgrove Public Schools Superintendent of Schools

 

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~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor


“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Classroom Racism Management Specialist

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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