Parent asks Twitter to remove Sumner County account - WKRN News 2

Parent asks Twitter to remove Sumner County account

Posted: Updated: Feb 10, 2014 04:27 PM
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. -

The parent of a Sumner County high school student is asking Twitter to take down an account teens are using to post selfies.

The account, Sumnerselfies, encourages teens to post photos of themselves.

While most of the photos are fairly innocuous, there are some photos showing a boy mooning the camera and another young man sitting on a toilet.

The photos are posted along with the class and the school they attend.

Sumner County schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson told News 2 they are aware of the Twitter account.

"From time to time we see different social media accounts pop up, maybe Facebook or a Twitter page," said Johnson. "We kind of try to monitor them as we find them just to see if we see anything that might create a disturbance at the school level."

Johnson said if something the board finds does cause problems in school, they take measures to notify parents and warn students.

"Twitter and Facebook exist in kind of a gray area for schools. If it creates a substantial disruption at the school level, we can deal with it through disciplinary measures [and] through talking with parents,"Johnson said.

The Sumner parent, Amanda Miller, told News 2 she notified the Sumner County Sheriff's office and contacted Twitter asking that the account be shutdown.

Johnson said he didn't find enough from the Twitter account and posts to take action.

"Sumnerselfies seems to be a fairly innocuous page. It just seems to be as advertised. Just kids posting different random pics. We've had other Twitter accounts appear that had worse content on it," Johnson said.

The Sumner County School Board has helped with getting a separate Twitter account taken down where students could anonymously post things about other students and teachers.

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