Close Facebook Accounts or Risk School Expulsion

Beth Rivkah, an Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn, N.Y, has ordered students to close their Facebook accounts, or risk paying an $100 fine – or even being expelled.

“Girls are getting killed on the Internet — that’s the reason for it,” Benzion Stock, administrator of the Crown Heights school, said.

In Israel recently, two girls almost succeeded in committing suicide after classmates insulted them on social media and a man was arrested for harassing young girls on Facebook.

Stock said that the school has banned Facebook because it encourages girls to violate the Orthodox code of modesty. It should be noted that parents have a wide range of Orthodox schools to choose from, with differing levels of stringency in halakhic interpretations and parents as well as schools expect the lifestyle rules of the particular school to be kept by  students.


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