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Schools Banning Yik Yak App After Ridgewood Shooting Threat

According to a report, the App's creators have also disabled it at high schools across the country, including RHS.

Administrators throughout the tri-state area are banning the use of an anonymous message boarding App in response to a gun threat allegedly made against Ridgewood High School using the App last week, CBS reported.

According to CBSlocal.com, administrators have banned Yik Yak from their schools in response to the Ridgewood incident, and many are warning parents about the potential dangers of the app, including Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein.

The App allows users to post anonymous comments that anyone within a 1.5-mile radius can see. Police arrested a village student last week after a parent reported seeing the gun threat against the high school, authorities said.

According to the report, Yik Yak's creators are also responding to the incident. The App has been disabled at thousands of high schools across the US, including Ridgewood, it said. Logging on from a high school produces an error message saying, "It looks like you are using this at a high school or middle school, which is not allowed. Sending and reading messages is disabled," the report said.

“We are aware of the ongoing abuse of Yik Yak by some middle school and high school students, and we are dedicated to working with parents and school administrators to ensure this misuse stops,” Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington told CBS.
Declan Harrison May 22, 2014 at 09:12 AM
How will this even be enforceable? The very people who use this App for malicious purposes are the very same people who will ignore this latest ban.
JAFO May 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM
The App has been disabled at thousands of high schools across the US, including Ridgewood, it said. Logging on from a high school produces an error message saying, "It looks like you are using this at a high school or middle school, which is not allowed. Sending and reading messages is disabled
Phil Brooks May 22, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Not to worry, there'll be a new app to replace the old one--and a newer app to replace THAT when the time comes.

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