North Carolina dad upset after 8th grade son is asked to join Twitter for school
GREENSBORO, North Carolina- Arik Griffith says his 13-year-old son mentioned something that caught him by surprise when he came home from school Monday. “He said ‘Dad, one of my teachers said I need a Twitter account,’” Griffith said.
Griffith’s son is an eighth grader at Southeast Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, North Carolina.
He told WGHP his son’s science teacher asked students to sign up for the social media website on the first day of class. Griffith, a father of two, doesn’t allow his children to have cell phones or social media accounts until they’re at least 15 years old or have started high school.
A spokesperson for Guilford County Schools says the school district sent a letter home to parents and shared information at an open house last Thursday, encouraging students and parents to join Twitter to have access to school resources at all times. Joining was encouraged but not required, according to district officials.
Karen Burress, the principal of Southeast Guilford Middle School, sent this statement to our sister station WGHP:
“Our intention was to use social media as a medium to discuss classroom information and answer questions about assignments. However, we understand that parents may have concerns, which is why participation was and is not mandatory. We encourage our teachers and students to be responsible digital citizens.”
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