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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities expert on social media takes issue with the actions of a private school in New York that penalized students for using Facebook.

The all-girls Jewish school declared Facebook as immodest and ordered 33 girls to delete their Facebook accounts and pay a $100 fine.

The head administrator of the Beis Rivkah High School in Crown Heights in Brooklyn said the site is “not a modest thing for a Jewish girl.”

Holly Matson, director of experience planning with Bolin Marketing, told WCCO’s John Hines the school made a bad decision.

“It makes no sense to simply take (Facebook) away from them,” said Matson. “What needs to be done here is to teach them how to properly use the tools. The other thing that you’re going to see on stuff like this is that if kids want to do it, they’re going to do it.”

Matson says one solution might be to have students privatize their Facebook accounts so their comments are not publicly accessible.

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