Life has been way too serious of late, and this morning it included calls and emails from my daughter’s school, informing us of threats made against the school, and/or the kids. Apparently there is a new social media app called Yik Yak, that allows anonymous posts, granting individuals the ability to bully and threaten with little to no recourse. I suppose it is fortunate that the kids on Yik Yak took this seriously. They informed the school of a threat warning that this person was going to “end things” and that they should stay away from the campus today, and of course the school informed the police.
An update came a few hours after the original wakeup call and said the following; This morning at around 9:00, a student confessed to having posted the concerning message on YikYak. Another update came about an hour later that said in part; I’m writing now to let you know that the security issue related to the post on YikYak has been resolved. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken, but we cannot discuss specifics, given restrictions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The student came forward and took responsibility for this situation. Police interviewed the student and concluded that no threat exists and that the matter is now closed.
This should not be a part of our everyday lives, and yet this is just one of the stresses we as parents now live with on a daily basis. And lets be honest, our kids are living with it every second! After all, they are the ones on a 24 hr. diet of social media.
Now I’m left wondering if the child who set this all in motion is truly disturbed, or just thought it was a joke. Is this a cry for help, or a prank that got out of hand? I can only hope that this will be a wakeup call that gets the attention of students, teachers, and parents. Clearly we need to do a better job of monitoring kids, and teaching them to think before they act.