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Responsible Social Media Use Needed

Over the past few days, many school districts across the state have been investigating social media posts that mentioned possible threats to their schools. Unfortunately, social media posts which cannot be verified are causing miscommunication and heightened anxiety among students and parents in these districts.

A school administrator, whose district has been affected by this online activity stated, “As powerful as social media can be as a communication tool, a post that isn’t true can create an unnecessary disruption for our schools. When misinformation is shared it desensitizes awareness of real issues. That’s why responsible use of social media is so important.”

It is important that parents talk to their children and ask that they immediately report any concerns to their school’s principal’s office and also remind them of the importance of using social media in a responsible manner.

Though the Poplarville School District has not been the target of any credible threats at this time, we always take the safety of our faculty and staff as well as the security of our campuses seriously. Any threat made will be investigated and pursued to the fullest extent of the law by our local law enforcement officers.


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The Poplarville School District offers educational/vocational opportunities on a nondiscriminatory basis in compliance with the requirements of the following federal civil rights legislation: Title VI, Title IX, the Vocational Amendments of 1976 and 1979, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act. Further, the Poplarville School District offers equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, or disability. The district’s contact coordinator for compliance with these requirements is Stachia Peterson, Title IX Coordinator and 504 Coordinator 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470, Phone (601) 795-6153.

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