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Published April 08, 2013, 06:41 PM

Crookston schools alert parents to negative comments made online

Some negative comments exchanged on the social media site Twitter have prompted Crookston High School officials to alert parents.

Some negative comments exchanged on the social media site Twitter have prompted Crookston High School officials to alert parents.

High School Principal Lon Jorgenson says on Friday the school sent an electronic message and voice mail to parents, hoping the cyber-bullying issue will stop. Jorgenson says the school wanted to be proactive when it learned there were some offensive tweets going around last week.

Jorgenson: "Student to student, student to teacher comments. No threats or anything like that, but some pretty offensive comments."

Jorgenson says the school wanted to address the issue by getting the word out on proper digital citizenship.

Jorgenson: "We want our parents to know that we have dealt with it. It's similar to what happened in West Fargo a couple of weeks ago. And I would assume a lot of schools are dealing with right now. "

Wayne Folkers is a high school teacher and parent and says he has monitored his kids' social media habits often and hopes other parents make this current twitter issue the topic of a conversation.

Folkers: "Talk to their kids, because a lot of times kids come home, and even my kids. And (I ask) .. What is going on today?.. Nothing."

Principal Jorgenson says the occasional problem of negative talk will always happen at some level, but it should always be addressed, whatever the method is used.

Jorgenson: "Twenty years ago it was writing on the bathroom wall, now it's a text, it's a twitter confession."

Jorgenson also says parents and students are asked to report social media abuse either to the high school or on the twitter website.

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