An all-girl school in Brooklyn, New York has handed a stark ultimatum to all 11th grade students found to be using Facebook.
They must delete their accounts from Facebook and pay a fine of $100 to the school fund, or face expulsion. The Beis Rivkah High School is cracking down on students using the social networking site as it feels a code of modesty is in decline as a result of the girls' use of the site. The written ultimatum is now expected to be extended to pupils of the 12th grade, reports Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner.
One student, who decided to remain anonymous said:
It happened to the 11th grade yesterday and today they gave out papers to the 12th grade, people on the board said it’s not proper for us to have Facebook because girls might be talking to boys on Facebook or they might be putting up immodest pictures.
The school's principal, Shaindel Teichtel, said the Facebook policy is "nothing new" and has been policy now for "over two years", reports Huffington Post.
The school says its aims are to restore a level of Tznius - a Jewish code of modesty. The pupils were not caught using Facebook at school but found to have a Facebook account. Some of the students have posted comments on the Crown Heights information website saying they signed up to an agreement that they would not open a Facebook account. One user said the school is planning to sweep the whole school and just started on the 11th grade first. There was also a suggestion that the $100 fine would be reimbursed if the Facebook account is not reactivated before examinations.