Reporting Andrea Menniti
LODI (CBS13) – After weeks of protest and controversy, the Lodi Unified School District has approved a new social media policy after students said the original policy violated their First Amendment rights.
The social media policy first made headlines in May. Now — months later — students are pleased with the changes.
A trio of Bear Creek High School students took in the victory during the group’s English class Wednesday.
“Students have something to say and when they do say it, it will be heard,” said Hannah Jobrack.
The group was among those that fought the school district’s social media contract.
“The Bill of Rights applies to all Americans, not just adults. Students don’t forfeit their rights when they walk on a school campus,” said Jacob Williams.
Under the original contract, student athletes and club members faced punishment if they posted, commented, or liked social media posts vaguely described as inappropriate or offensive.
After getting the attention of the media and American Civil Liberties Union, lawyers warned the district that the contract could be challenged in court.
Now, the new version is not a contract but guidelines for all students to consider before posting online.
“I do believe it’s a reiteration of existing education codes and policies, but I agree it’s good to have it out there for parents and students to see, to read,” said Zachary Denney.
The students say participating in the process was a positive learning experience.
Students hope to be involved in anti-bullying programs on campus.