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9:17 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

Editorial: On social media, let's act like adults

A child allegedly makes a threat to harm her schoolmates. The threatened children tell school leaders. Police are called. Panic ensues.

That is what happened, in a nutshell, earlier this month in the Prescott Unified School District.

I'm not going to address the incident itself here - our reporters are following up on the story with PUSD officials to quell some rumors.

What I'd like to talk about is the drama that followed on The Daily Courier's Facebook link to the story.

That one link has garnered nearly 100 comments. I've had to hide or delete quite a few of those. Why?

Parents on the FB forum are using it to call each other names, post rumors about the children involved and ensue more panic.

I couldn't believe some of those comments. Really? We wonder why some of our children behave the way they do - maybe they are parroting their parents?

It also doesn't seem productive to claim to be the parent of a bullied child who was involved in this incident. Aren't you exposing your child to more scrutiny?

As a parent, I understand you want to stand up and protect your children, but nothing posted on our FB page was helpful or constructive.

I'm urging people to stop using foul language in comments - an automatic filter will hide your comment anyway. And if I or my staff see another person attacking someone there, we will delete the comment and can ban the person from posting.

Use this public forum we provide to express concern and offer helpful suggestions, not to make these situations worse.

- Robin Layton, editor