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Montgomery Co. schools superintendent receives threatening tweets about weather closing decision

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Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr
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Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr is reaching out to parents after he says he was cyberbullied by students from his own school district.

Starr says a number of students reached out to him through Twitter this past week when he needed to make a decision of whether or not to cancel school because of the snow.

He says some of those tweets were funny, but others were offensive and disturbing. Starr says some of the tweets even threatened him and his family.

"Most of our kids are great, great kids and they aren't necessarily thinking about the impact of their words,” said Starr. “Whether it’s verbal or whether it’s on Twitter or whether it’s on Facebook, cyberbullying is serious and we want to make sure that kids understand the consequences of their actions."

Following the threatening tweets, Starr wrote an open letter to parents about safety and civility on social media.

He says in part, “Cyberbullying is a real issue among children and adults. We not only have to teach our kids how to handle new technologies appropriately, but we also have to model that behavior in our own communications on social media and email.”

Starr went on to ask parents to set limits for their children's access to social media and to monitor what their kids are posting online.


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