KSD Re-Sends School Policies on Student Phones After Incidents
The Kennewick School District, in particular Highlands Middle School, sent out some reminders and cautionary words to parents and others following what they say are a series of incidents involving social media. This was sent out Thursday, February 3.
ALLEGATIONS ARE OF STUDENTS POSTING 'FAKE' PICS OF FIGHTS?
Part of the school message read as follows:
"Some of these issues include fake Instagram and Snapchat accounts as well as students posting pictures of other students and videos of fights."
The District did not say what disruptions were caused by the 'fake' accounts or if the student fight videos etc. were staged or happened at school or on school grounds.
ARE 'WARNINGS' PERHAPS A PRE-EMPTIVE MOVE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AFTER HS STUDENT MASK PROTESTS WERE FILMED BY STUDENTS?
The District and HMS did not say, but it's not a stretch to think this comes after a number of Southridge HS students video recorded their interactions with staff during a series of mask mandate protests. One of the videos showed tense dialogue and interaction between a male student and school official, and it wound up getting over 2 million views on Facebook.
The following punishments were laid out by the school for violating phone policies at HMS (and presumably other middle schools):
"Students who misuse their phones in any of the following way will lose the privilege to use their phones at school for the remainder of the semester:
- Taking photos or video footage of a student or staff member without their permission
- Creating posts that are harassing or bullying other students on any social media platform
- Sending inappropriate texts
- Taking video of or sharing videos of fights
- Student refusing to put their phone away when asked to
- Student refusing to turn in their phone when they are in the office for discipline issues."
The information email sent to parents and media outlets was signed by Assistant Principal Dave Elkins.