RI school district blocks Yik Yak
At Lincoln High School and across the school district, administrators are taking charge.
"Yesterday, we had some issues with this Yik Yak app, which is anonymous social posting messaging service," Principal Kevin McNamara said.
Here's what happened.
"Students came down to the office and said there were some posts on Yik Yak that were anonymous that they were concerned about and we are doing our best to investigate those," McNamara said.
So the school, all the way up to the superintendent's office, took a proactive approach district-wide by informing parents and blocking access to Yik Yak in and around all the schools.
"We have a geo fence put that blocks it," McNamara said.
The director of technology for the school department is working with Yik Yak to have that set up. The company is cooperating.
What will happen when a student tries to log on?
"It says you're within a school building and Yik Yak is for adults only," McNamara said. "That's they're standard message, that it's supposed to be 17 or over."
Lincoln is not alone. Similar reports have surfaced in other parts of the country.
"It concerns me because they're anonymous, and the Lincoln School Department is really intent on stamping out bullying of all forms in all six schools. The superintendent is really concerned about bullying all across the district and won't tolerate it. Anytime we have something like this where it's anonymous it's concerning because it's tough to investigate," McNamara said.
School administrators are asking parents to talk with their children about the Yik Yak app.