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Students given ultimatum Photo: Yoav Friedman
Students given ultimatum Photo: Yoav Friedman

All-girls Jewish school orders students to close FB accounts

Beis Rivkah High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, says social network 'immodest,' orders students to 'delete profiles or face expulsion'

Published: 04.08.12, 13:15 / Israel Jewish Scene

An all-girls Jewish school in New York City says Facebook is immodest and ordered 33 girls to delete their Facebook accounts and pay a $100 fine.


The head administrator of the Beis Rivkah High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, told the Daily News the site is “not a modest thing for a Jewish girl.”

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Several students told Daily Mail that the school management asked them to close their Facebook accounts on numerous occasions, claiming it did not coincide with the religious moral code.


The school regulations were revealed after CNN reported that a 12-year-old student was forced to give her Facebook password to the school principles, who claimed she was having sex conversations on the internet with another female student.


Another student at the school said that after the incident, the management said it's inappropriate for us to have Facebook accounts because we might talk to boys or upload immodest pictures.


"הם חוששים שנעלה תמונות לא צנועות" (צילום אילוסטרציה: יואב פרידמן)

'Students might upload immodet photos' (Illustration Photo: Yoav Friedman)


A website serving the community of Crown Heights posted a message saying that students in their Junior year who had Facebook accounts were suspended from school and given an ultimatum: Close your accounts, or be expelled for good.


Rabbi Benzoin Stock said the Hasidic school has had a ban on the site for several years. But as Facebook grew more popular, all of its 495 students were asked to sign a formal contract not to use Facebook this year.


Last week, 33 students were found to still be using Facebook. Stock say they agreed to delete their accounts and pay a $100 fine, which will be returned at the end of the school year.


AP contribted to this report




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