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Coxsackie-Athens schools changing social media policy after controversial Facebook post

Feb 13, 2023 12:45 am

Melissa Manno reports in the Times Union that the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District says it will be reviewing its social media policies, after the school posted on Facebook a photo of a snowman made from dirty snow with the caption: “This snowman is just as diverse as our students." The school deleted the post and apologized after receiving complaints. Superintendent Randall Squier wrote on the district’s website on Jan. 31 that, “The word ‘diverse’ was used to describe how every kid can make a snowman differently and this variety of creativity should be celebrated. When it was commented that this post could be interpreted about race the post was taken down.” Squier wants more training for employees posting on social media, and a two-step approval process for social media posts. Squier also said he wants to limit public comments on the school district's social media posts, which would block the way the school learned about a problem with the snowman social media post. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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