Calif. school district making athletes sign social media contract

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    @ ClarkHippo: If such things as your examples should happen, the affected students could take the same action that all other students who are falsely accused of things take - they can ask for review from higher up the chain and should that fail they can sue.

    Believe it or not, there are clearly defined definitions for bullying - and offending someone is not part of the definition.

    In order to be bullying or an "ism", there would have to be a direct attack or threat against an individual or group.

    Bullying is more than name-calling or offending someone - it is real, it is harmful, and it is clearly defined.

    I have reservations about the schools requiring these contracts because I have concerns over schools or businesses controlling aspects of our lives not directly related to our association with that school or business. I understand that the proscribed behavior can impact school events and the targeted party is usually known from school, so I understand how the school is justifying it - but I still have reservations.

    The benefit of the contract is that it clearly explains unacceptable behavior so the youth would not be blind-sided by discipline for said actions.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    On the surface, this sounds like a wonderful idea. Young people these days are gradually losing the meaning of words like "respect" "kindness" and "civility."

    But on the other hand, I do see a problem with what the school district is doing, and that is, where does one draw the line between cyber-bullying and simply stating an opinion?

    Let's say for example, an LDS student watches General Conference and a day or so later tweets, "I just loved Boyd K. Packer's Conference talk." How do we know a school district person isn't going to call the student in and say, "Your tweet offended some of our gay students so you better remove it and apologize, or else."

    And what is a student tweets, "I hope (Republican candidate for office) wins in November." Who's to say the school district might accuse this student of racism, sexism or homophobia?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    @ "only students at Bear Creek...." Are they one of bullies?

    Great idea but I think they need to implement on second offense by having them to help those non athletes with their home work or tutor or something for the better.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    These putative contracts are not legally enforceble because most High School students are minors and as such cannot sign legally binding contracts. Where is the ACLU when schools use their power and intimidation to bully Students into signing these contracts. Is this what Public Education has de-evolved to turning Young People into Sheeple? Taking this nonsense further, isn't it good enough anymore to have Young Student Athletes give their word of honor that they will show good sportsmanship both on and off the playing field?
    On my honor, I'm so glad to be out of High School.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 6, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Good idea.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Why does this sound like such a good idea. Actually having minors be and learn responsibility. That their actions/words have meaning and consequences. And why do I suspect that there will be opposition to it.