Abusive Online Behavior Causes Local ISD To Pull Facebook Page

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM/KRLD) – The very nature of a Facebook page is for people to voice their comments without being filtered — but for one North Texas school district things got out of hand.

Administrators with the Mansfield Independent School District took down their Facebook page.

Mansfield ISD spokesperson Richie Escovedo says the liabilities simply outweighed the benefits. “It [the Facebook page] became an opportunity, in a way, for people to start sharing private student information, defamation of employees and other kind of abusive online behavior,” he said.

According to Escovedo, there wasn’t enough school staff, or time, to monitor all the postings on the page. “When it became an issue of our dealing with infighting between people, that was not something that we wanted to be a participant of.”

Administrators say there was a specific goal of the webpage and it’s unfortunate that a number of sniping students ended the opportunity. “That was never the intent of the forum,” explained Escovedo. “We wanted a way to share news and updates and get that feedback on some things, but not at the detriment of the community involved.”

The Mansfield ISD still has an online blog, but comments there are filtered through the administration before hitting cyberspace.


One Comment

  1. Sarah says:


  2. Chris McPhail says:

    “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” – Thomas Jefferson

  3. A says:

    DISSENT is the highest form of patriotism… not abuse. There is a difference.

  4. YRofTexas says:

    The Emotional Maturity of Adults these days seem to be very scarce. There are tactful ways to express oneself without being crude, abusive, lying, or accusing. It is sad that manners are set aside on the web.
    The other day, I corrected a family member on Facebook to not address men as pigs and women as shanks. I suggested better ways of expressing her feelings without being rude and crude. She dropped off my friends list. I’ll talk to her dad about her behavior the next time I see him. She knows better.
    Shouldn’t we ALL know better?

  5. fred says:

    Guess they did not read the part how you can block people from writing on your facebook page. Kinda threw the baby out with the bathwater on this one folks.

    1. 2sister says:

      That’;s true, but you have to have the time and the available staff to keep blocking every offensive poster from posting a public facebook site. Mansfield ISD admitted that they didn’t have the staff or time to monitor the postings, and I so doubt blocking (defriending a poster)a poster would be a feasible way for them to to handle the problem..

      1. 2sister says:

        Oops. I see errors in my posts. It’s hard to see what you are writing, because every thing is grayed out until you push submit.

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