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Sarcoxie School District Deactivates Facebook page

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While many school districts are embracing new technology, others, are shutting it down. The Sarcoxie School District in Missouri started it's Facebook page years ago, but due to negative comments being left on the posts, the district shut it down.

"The board came back and visited with me and said listen, this is getting to be an awful lot on you, and I told them I was stressed out by it, and they said just shut it down." says School Superintendent, Kevin Goddard.

The school created its page a little over a year ago primarily for school alerts and events. In recent months, the district began seeing negative comments and responses from some of their 530 plus followers.

"In our community though it's probably one of the most reachable technologies today." says Sarcoxie senior, Rebecca Robinson.

"We tried to work through Facebook the company and we requested they allow us to turn off comments, so just post would go out...and Facebook has changed their privacy policies, and you can't do that anymore." says Goddard.

Students and followers were notified that the page was going to be shut down.. And some students believe its for the best.

"Other schools can see that stuff too, and its not a good representation having negative stuff on there." Senior Chance Moomaw says.

"Me personally, I don't follow much of anything except for Facebook. I prefer to talk face to face." says Senior, Jade Bloss.

"No matter how big or small your school is, you just go with the best thing that works for you...and Facebook just wasn't the best thing for us." Robinson explains.

Other students can see the decision going both ways.

"I am both ways with it because it gave us information when we got school cancellations, but it also gave room for them to post negative comments." says Sophomore, Tanner Rice.

Although Facebook may be gone, the students and parents of Sarcoxie, still have access to school alerts including an automated telephone system, along with twitter and the school website.

"We're looking for ways to improve it...but Facebook won't be apart of it." Goddard says.

Goddard says he has no plans to bring the page back in the future. He also told us the school has not any had problems spreading school alerts without the use of Facebook.

You can follow the Sarcoxie School District on twitter using the name @SarxocieBears. Information is also available on their website:
http://www.sarcoxie.k12.mo.us/pages/Sarcoxie

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