Reacting to Facebook comment, BSD calls for 'kindness, empathy'
The Beaverton School District deleted what it called a "vile" comment, banned the user and published a lengthy statement calling for civility online amid tensions over school reopening.
The debate over whether and how to reopen classrooms in Oregon reached one of its ugliest points this week when a person posted a comment on the Beaverton School District's Facebook page advocating possible violence toward teachers.
The comment by a user identified on Facebook as "Jenny Taylor" laid out what it called a "simple solution" that "bored and angry high school students" be given teachers' addresses — and baseball bats.
Beaverton is one of Oregon's largest school districts, but like Portland Public Schools next door, it has very few students receiving in-person instruction through what the district calls Limited In-Person Instruction, or LIPI. In debates in numerous social media groups, parents and teachers discuss and question the complexities and concerns around expanding in-person learning. The debates can get heated.
In this most recent incident in Beaverton, after deleting the comment and banning the user from its Facebook page, Beaverton School District officials posted a lengthy statement decrying the negativity online.
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