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Abusive Online Behavior Causes Local ISD To Pull Facebook Page

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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.

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