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Macon Co. Schools asks parents to monitor students' social media accounts after possible suicide pact emerges online

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Officials with Macon County Schools in North Carolina are encouraging parents to take a closer look at their kids' social media accounts after they learned of a possible suicide pact among a group of students.

The district said administration and counselors of Mountain View Intermediate and staff of Meridian Behavioral Health Services have been monitoring a group of students on social media for the past few weeks, known as the "Edgy" group or "Edgy Fan Page 101."

District officials said Tuesday night, a school nurse learned secondhand information from a local health care provider that some students involved in the group may have some sort of suicide pact or had otherwise indicated suicidal ideas. School administrators were then notified.

The district said upon learning of the group and its themes, families of any student known to be involved with the "Edgy" group were contacted, and a Parent-Link message went out to encourage all parents to monitor their child's social media accounts and to begin a conversation with their child about the dangers associated with the group.

The district said Macon County Schools social workers and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office worked together to contact individual students and parents and make home visits to help keep students safe. Macon Middle School, Mountain View Intermediate, Mountain View Intermediate school social workers and Meridian Behavioral Health officials also followed up with students and families on Wednesday.

"We will continue to look for ways to monitor our students activities on social media, educate them and parents about the pitfalls of social media and to protect students from self-harm," said Macon County Schools Superintendent Chris Baldwin. "I welcome your input as we work together to face these challenges."

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