BULLHEAD CITY – Two weeks after teens were arrested for illegally recording and posting videos of other students using school restrooms, Bullhead City School District officials have confirmed that other students are continuing to highlight unacceptable behavior on social media posts. Both videos and still photos recorded on and off campus are being shared, often with vicious comments about other students, and are being investigated by both the school district and the Bullhead City Police Department.
District officials said that social media companies, including Instagram, have neglected to take down posts that include possible cyber-bullying and other illegal behavior. “The behavior ranges from being mean to bullying to potentially felonious activities,” said BCSD Superintendent Carolyn Stewart. “We have to ask the parents who are allowing their children to post these things, and the social media staff who will not remove them, whether they would want this same thing to happen to their children.”
Even though some of the posts are being developed offsite, they create a problem at school. Victims, their parents and school staff are upset, the education process is disrupted, and tensions escalate between students. “Parents, if you know who is doing this, we need your help getting it to stop,” Stewart added. “We will continue to take strong action against this behavior. We can’t do it alone.”
District officials thanked parents and other concerned citizens who have reported the online incidents directly to their school, either by calling or stopping by. Schools are able to deal with those issues faster that way than when a parent posts about a problem on social media, which may get
attention elsewhere but only further exacerbates the situation for both schools and law enforcement.
As it has in the past, BCSD reminds parents and guardians to responsibly monitor their minor children’s online and social media interactions and posts.