Social media continues to affect USD 266 students


Justice Mannie and Trey Murphy

The students in the USD 266 districts have started to create anonymous Instagram accounts showing bad parking, kids sleeping in class, people’s feet, and many other things.

It started becoming noticeable when a student from Maize High created an account on the bad parking at the schools.

The account focused on both Maize and Maize South parking at the school. The account didn’t just point out the student’s parking jobs, it also showed some of the teacher’s parking. 

There was a tremendous amount of students and teachers responding to the actions posted on these accounts. 

Multiple accounts were created, for example, “maizehigh_sleepers”, “maizehigh_shoes”, etc.

 At the beginning of this trend, it was unproblematic, but then some of the accounts started to create issues. 

“Well, I think some of them can be considered fun and funny, but I think some of them have gotten out of control and to the point where bullying and harassment are taking place and so to generalize them, I feel like they are not good for the overall well-being of kids,” Maize High principal Chris Botts said. 

These accounts are made to be funny, but they can be harmful and offensive to the victims of them. 

Students are embarrassed by the things getting posted of them and this shouldn’t be allowed without the consent of the people.

“I hate that it is affecting our students, but it’s something we can’t control, ” Maize High assistant principal Morgan Marsh said. “We want them to be safe, but we can’t stop people from having their phone and taking a picture without your knowledge and then posting it somewhere that we don’t have control over,” Marsh explains. 

These accounts have been a problem in both of the schools. Maize South has had to deal with the same occurring issues as Maize High. Some of the accounts even include both of the school’s students and teachers. Some of the accounts started to get racist. Examples are, “usd266_blackies” and “usd266_beaners”. Those two accounts are racist and affect many of the maize minority groups. 

“I feel disappointed and sad that that’s still a problem with my generation,” South student Delaney Michel said. “I feel that a joke is a joke, but it’s easy to go too far. I can only imagine how hurt they would feel. Some might laugh along, but the damage goes beyond just a point.”

Another student from Maize South explains her opinion on the Instagram accounts. 

“I feel like some of them are funny, but others can take them the wrong way and they might not be spreading positivity throughout the school,” said junior Amelia Valarezo.