Chris McRae, who oversees the Students Against Fear program for Huntsville, Ala.’s school district, was provided with anonymous tips and then used social media sites to monitor students’ accounts to assess threat level.A former FBI agent was paid $157,000 to oversee security efforts at Alabama’s Huntsville City Schools, including monitoring the social media activity of students, an effort that critics argue unjustly targeted African Americans.
The spying on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter led to 14 expulsions—12 of them of African-American students—last school year.
According to AL.com, the former FBI agent, Chris McRae, oversees Huntsville schools’ Students Against Fear (SAFe) program and was provided anonymous tips that he then used to go on social media sites to monitor students’ accounts to assess the threat level.
According to the news site, 86 percent of those expelled as a direct result of social media behavior are black students. And while the school system is 40 percent African American, 78 percent of the 305 students expelled overall last year—238—are black.