Yesterday evening at approximately 4:30 p.m., Thursday October 5th, McCreary County School District staff learned of a social media “snap chat” post from a 9th grade student at McCreary Central High School. The post said, “can’t wait for the day to take the lives of others” and “hope you’re not on my list.” Law Enforcement was immediately dispatched to the student’s residence and started an investigation. The law enforcement investigation revealed the student snap chatted this out of boredom. The School Resource Officer will file appropriate charges with the McCreary County Attorney today.
At no time was any student in danger nor did the student develop a list.
Parents, please monitor your child’s cell phone, computer, etc. and social media usage as best as you can. One simple post out of boredom could result in horrific or criminal results. We have provided several websites to assist you in this endeavor.
Cell Phone Parenting: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cell-phone-parenting
Step by step tips to Set up Your Kids iPhone: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/step-by-step-tips-to-set-up-your-kids-iphone
Parent’s Guide to Protecting Teens on Social Media: https://www.safesearchkids.com/parents-guide-to-protecting-teens-on-social-media/#.Wdd5BknruUk
Cyberbullying: A word for Parents: https://www.safesearchkids.com/cyber-bullying-for-parents/#.Wdd4r0nruUk
Teens Guide to Social Media Safety: Social Media Safety- Guide for Teens: https://www.safesearchkids.com/a-teens-guide-to-social-media-safety/#.Wdd4gUnruUk
Michael M. Cash
McCreary County School District