With the rising use of social media, it is becoming more difficult for school districts to know when to intervene with online issues involving students. When should a school district address off-campus social media posts between students? Should they be involved in disciplining pupils who have engaged in social media misconduct?
Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for his refusal to stand for the National Anthem. NFL players, professional athletes in other sports and even Stevie Wonder recently followed Kaepernick’s example, motivated in part by President Trump’s call for team owners to fire and otherwise silence players who participate. As football season kicks off at high schools around the country, districts may wonder how to respond.