LOUISA Ky. — Neighboring Martin County has joined at least ten lawsuits statewide against Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tic Toc and other social media for supplying posts that harm the mental health of students and personnel.
Students in Martin County have been protesting what they call ‘bullying’, much of which is social media exploited to gain advertising revenue, the 87 page lawsuit filed by a Louisville, Ky firm says.
Although there were parents who testified at a recent board meeting that their children are being bullied at at least three Lawrence County schools. The matter was referred to the board’s attorney, but there have been no protests so far despite no actions by the board.
Here is yesterday’s HL story about the growing statewide problem.
Fayette among Ky. districts suing social media companies over student mental health
BY VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS
MARCH 30, 2023 6:00 AM
At least 11 Kentucky school districts, including Fayette and Jefferson, have recently voted to authorize lawsuits against social media companies, citing negative impacts on students.
“This school district believes it is entitled to compensation for its efforts and resources expended to address and treat the mental health challenges caused by social media,” a resolution from the Fayette school board said when members unanimously voted Monday.
Public schools in Kentucky have been significantly impacted by the crisis from overexposure to social media because school districts are one of the main providers of mental health supports and services for school-aged children, the Fayette school board resolution said.
In addition to Fayette and Jefferson, the Breathitt, Bullitt, Clark, Estill, Jessamine, Larue, Madison, Martin, and Wolfe school boards have voted to pursue litigation, said Ronald Johnson, the attorney who is handling the Kentucky cases.
Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article273690985.html#storylink=cpy