Superintendent Taylora Schlosser addressed the student body at Marion County Middle School Tuesday morning following two social media incidents that included threats to student safety.
Schlosser’s speech focused on five S’s beginning with the word “School.”
“You should tell yourself, ‘This is my community, and my school,’” she told the group of 6th and 7th graders.
Schlosser went on to discuss “Safety,” “Security,” and reminded students of the phrase “See Something, Say Something.”
“We need you to be a part of the solution,” Schlosser said. “If you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable whether it’s online or in the hallway, you need to let an adult know.”
The final ‘S’ was “Smile.”
“That’s what we should be doing every day when we show up to school,” Schlosser said.
Schlosser then invited students to be a part of a student focus group that she would meet with periodically to address issues at the school.
“We’re going to have this focus group so that you can be a part of the solution,” Schlosser said.
The superintendent went on to point out that these types of distractions are not exclusive to MCMS.
“This isn’t just a problem at Marion County Middle, but across the county; but we’re going to be different,” Schlosser told the assembly. “This inappropriate use of social media is unacceptable, and it has to stop [...] It’s not just about what happens at school; it’s about what happens after school, too.”
During her address, Schlosser also spoke on the long-term effects of inappropriate social media behavior.
“What you post online can be the difference between getting a job or not getting a job; it can be the difference between getting into college or not getting into college,” she said.
Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy is scheduled to speak to Marion County Middle School students about the positive and appropriate use of social media on January 10, 2018.