These two lines are what landed the district in hot water. They are blatantly unconstitutional attempts to silence public criticism through social media. No one has argued that the school does not have the right to govern public behavior on its premises. It is strictly the social media aspect of the policy that is under fire—by the ACLU of Indiana, no less.

Petraits also wrote, "NWHSC wants to assure stakeholders that it has no authority nor ever had the intent to police social media beyond its own. NWHSC is concerned with policing its social media platforms only and reserves the right to determine what is acceptable there. That said, comments on NWHSC media considered abusive, profane, intimidating, rude or offensive will be deleted and the poster potentially blocked from further comment."

That's the first reasonable statement relating to this policy. A public school board has no authority over parents to curtail their speech on their own social media platforms. But the wording of the policy attempts to do that, and pretending to be shocked that people misinterpreted it to mean they would be punished for posting criticism about the school online seems contrived. When the school board rewrites this thing, they need to make it clear that they are only policing their own social media and no one else's. That was not clear on their policy. On the contrary, it implied that all of social media was at issue. Petraits can claim until the cows come home that the board had no intent to write such a bad policy, but write it they did. While it is still written in such a way, they are open to lawsuits by parents who feel they've been punished due to their critique of school business on social media.