Social Media Comments Prompt Crawford Central, Pa., School Board to Reconsider Policy

After a school board member posted inappropriate comments about Trump on social media, the school board is making fast moves to prevent these situations in the future.

by Mike Crowley, The Meadville Tribune, Pa. / March 21, 2017

(TNS) -- VERNON TOWNSHIP — Three weeks after critics of Glenn Tuttle filled a Crawford Central School Board meeting to capacity, just three people sat in the audience at Monday's meeting. Two were representatives of the teachers' union; the other was a candidate for the school board seats that will be up for election this fall. No members of the public asked to speak at the meeting.

The anti-Tuttle crowd was not the only noteworthy absence at the meeting. Tuttle himself failed to appear as well.

While Tuttle and his critics were not physically present, their influence was felt in the meeting. On the agenda was discussion of a possible new policy governing the use of social media by board members. All but one of the eight members present expressed support for moving forward with the idea of a policy that would resemble policies covering the use of social media by students and district employees.

District attorney Carl Moore told the board he would research the possibility of creating such a policy. Moore was unaware of any similar policies in other districts.

“I've got to tell you, I don't know how enforceable that would be,” Moore said, “but let's take a look at it.”

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