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Students react to blocked websites and apps at school

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This is an example of what students see on their iPad screen when attempting to visit a blocked website like barstoolsports.com.

This is an example of what students see on their iPad screen when attempting to visit a blocked website like barstoolsports.com.

ithin the past week, students have gone up in arms in reaction to the technology center blocking ESPN.com, along with the NCAA March Madness app and the Bar Stool Sports app and website. Since the closing of these different sites and apps students have been complaining that they should be allowed access them, even during the school day.

Senior Jeff Edmondson said, “It is ridiculous! I’m flabbergasted!” The students want access. They want to be able to watch the March Madness tournament games and keep up to date on anything else. Senior Ed Ruff was asked what he thought of the tech center closing access, and he expressed, “I’m only here because I’m just trying to graduate.”

Ryan Fasenmyer, director of technology at Cathedral Prep, was asked why the technology center decided to block these different apps and websites. Mr. Fasenmyer said, “Why do students feel it necessary to go on Barstool when they should be learning?”

Students have been asking why the tech center has to block all of the most popular sites and the most fun apps. Students have been trying to find any excuse that they can think of to plead to Assistant Principal Mr. Swanson and the tech center staff about why the students should be allowed access to these sites and apps. However, in most instances, the students do not get their way.

Mr. Fasenmyer explained, “Our Internet Server will begin running slow, so we run a search across it finding what might be causing the problem. When we get the list we check over everything on it and block anything that does not have educational value.”

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