Social media controversy at Morley Academy


Pupils at Morley Academy could be banned from trips if their parents post derogatory comments about the school on social media.

In a letter sent out to parents this week, the school said there had been too many “inaccurate and deeply offensive” comments made about them on social media and that further comments will result in “full withdrawal of privileges for the student, such as enrichment visits.”

The letter comes after some parents voiced criticisms of the school on a Facebook group and on Twitter.

The academy’s letter also says that the police “continue to work closely” with the school to prevent abusive comments on social media.

A statement released today by Gorse Trust, which runs Morley Academy, said: “The Trust will not tolerate a position where personally insulting or threatening comments are made regarding any member of our community on social media.

“The police have fully supported us in this matter and have warned a number of individuals regarding their unacceptable conduct on social media.

“We are not seeking to punish any students; we are asking parents to contact us directly if they have any concerns they wish us to address as opposed to airing these on social media through the use of offensive and distressing comments.”