Georgia Parents Upset Over Pledge to Ban ‘LOL’, Other Acronyms from Yearbook
MILTON, Ga. (WGGB) – Some parents in one Georgia school district are upset over the district’s decision to prohibit or limit the use of slang terms and acronyms in this year’s yearbook.
The school now says that the whole issue was a misunderstanding.
According to our ABC affiliate in Atlanta, WSB-TV, students at the Birmingham Falls Elementary School were asked to sign a pledge before receiving their yearbook last week.
The pledge stated that students could not use ‘LOL’ or any other acronym or texting acronym on the pages of friend’s yearbooks.
After fifth grader Roxy Silva came home and told her mother about what had happened, mother Patti Silva posted something on Facebook.
That post garnered responses from several other parents, who according to the station, knew nothing about this pledge.
“I thought ‘Really, you’re kidding me? Why we didn’t hear about it. Why can’t we draw a smiley face?’ That’s what we thought,” Silva told WSB-TV.
However, school officials told the station that they have adjusted their policy.
In a statement to WSB-TV, fifth grade teacher Beth Brock says:
“After reflecting on the feedback we have received over the weekend regarding the yearbook pledge, we have decided to update our practices. Students will no longer be required to sign a pledge. Teachers will lead discussions with students about respecting yearbooks, and we ask for parental support in reinforcing this at home. Students will be trusted to choose school appropriate acronyms/language.”