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School spends $40k to monitor facebook for gun photos

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by ocarolan, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles (CNN) -- A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.

    The district in Glendale, California, is paying $40,500 to a firm to monitor and report on 14,000 middle and high school students' posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media for one year.

    Though critics liken the monitoring to government stalking, school officials and their contractor say the purpose is student safety.

    As classes began this fall, the district awarded the contract after it earlier paid the firm, Geo Listening, $5,000 last spring to conduct a pilot project monitoring 9,000 students at three high schools and a middle school. Among the results was a successful intervention with a student "who was speaking of ending his life" on his social media, said Chris Frydrych, CEO of the firm.

    That intervention was significant because two students in the district committed suicide the past two years, said Superintendent Richard Sheehan. The suicides occurred at a time when California has reduced mental health services in schools, Sheehan said.

    "We were able to save a life," Sheehan said, adding the two recent suicides weren't outside the norm for school districts. "It's just another avenue to open up a dialogue with parents about safety."


    In another recent incident, a student posted a photo of what appeared to be a gun, and a subsequent inquiry determined the gun was fake, Sheehan said.

    Still, school administrators spoke with the parents of the student, who wasn't disciplined, the superintendent said.

    "We had to educate the student on the dangers of posting such photos", Sheehan said.



    California district hires firm to monitor students' social media - CNN.com
     
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Jesus..
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Morons.
     
  4. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I'll monitor their Facebook accounts for $30,000! Sending proposal letter now...
     
  5. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    What school districs need to do is teach kids reading , writing and arithmetic. They do not need to play judge, jury and exicutioner!!!!
     
  6. misplacedtexan

    misplacedtexan Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    We had to educate the student on the dangers of posting such photos", Sheehan said


    Huh?

    Really? California....at it again....
     
  7. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I'll do it for $29,000!!! Actually it sounds like a project they would give to a crony or relative and take kickbacks for
     
  8. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    This reminds me of the Onion news talking about how the CIA doesn't need to spy on us, they just monitor Facebook and we tell them everything they need to know.
     
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  9. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    If I were a student there, I would post a gun photo every day and ask my friends to join the flash mob.
     
  10. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Isn't this a violation of a minor's right to privacy? Like they sealed T martin's juvie record since he was clearly no angel. If they'll do it to the kids they'll do it to any one who doesn't agree with them and lock them up to keep "children and the public safe." Hitler and Stalin are having a big laugh in Hell right now and wishing they had electronic state of the art surveillance like this admin.

    Brutus Out
     
  11. timberfaller

    timberfaller East Wenatchee, WA Member

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    Hey its just Kalifornia, land of the Fruits and Nuts and Hollyweird.

    Did you expect something different??
     
  12. Lush

    Lush Seattle, Washington, United States Active Member

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    I don't think looking at a public twitter account is taking away anyone's rights, Also if the students are so worried about having people see what they post A, don't post it. B, don't have a facebook or twitter...? just my .02 cents
     
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  13. Frankenrifle

    Frankenrifle Clatskanie Active Member

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    "We had to educate the student on the dangers of posting such photos", Sheehan said.

    Such as the First Amendment, being seen as just a stupid kid emulating what their parents let them see on TV/the internet.
     
  14. RB87

    RB87 Oregon Active Member

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    A guy on another forum I read caught this part of the CNN article:

    :laugh: Dark and heavy, maaan. Oh, by the way citizens of that school district, your tax dollars are going to pay contract workers across the globe to watch your kids twitter/facebook pages, public as they may be. You're paying the school to hire folks in Mumbai, Moscow, Paris, New York, wherever... to read your kids twitter feeds. I'm sure nothing will go bad there.
     
  15. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    I don't do face book, twitter, or any of those other things. Haven't found a need to. I know who my friends are and we see each other in person or talk on the phone. My past is the past. This site, along with a couple of other interests, is as close as I get to any kind of social media. My Adult kids on the other hand are all over all of those social media sites. They all have guns and have pictures of themselves shooting and of course posing (respectfully) with their guns. I asked them to NOT share their firearms "hobby" pictures on their social media sites just because there are so many people out there that will respond negatively due to ignorance. What the school is doing by monitoring those sites is only another reason why I can't be found on any of those sites.
     
  16. MinnesotaORnewbie

    MinnesotaORnewbie Oregon Active Member

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    Every member of this forum should post a pick of guns. Be Creative!!!
     
  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    This goes to show that no matter how much money... You just can't fix stupid!
     
  18. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    I wonder how they deal with anonymous Twitter accounts and Facebook users with privacy turned on. Although in my experience, most people under 25 have zero concept of privacy these days.
     
  19. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    I just wonder how many of the contract workers will turn out to be child molesters looking for new hook ups...
     
  20. rayd8

    rayd8 Formerly Portland, now Alabama! Member

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    Well CA does have all that surplus in their budget, they need to make more fiscally sound decisions like this.......:p