The government is responsible for shutting down a schoolchild’s Instagram account, after they photographed school graffiti saying “F*ck Boris”, a parent has claimed.
According to Byline Times, a parent said that a central government social media team ordered Chris Loder, a local MP, to contact The Gryphon School in West Dorset to get the account of one of their pupils removed due to a photo of anti-Johnson graffiti which appeared in school toilets.
An email sent by the school’s assistant headteacher said: “This [Instagram] account had not been stumbled across by our local MP but had been identified by the central government social media team who have software which identifies accounts such as the one which they had created. They then passed their findings to our local MP who then contacted us “
The parent told Byline Times that they were in “utter shock that this is happening in the UK in 2020”. They added it “has the look and feel of 1930s fascism”.
Students involved in the incident were also told by the school that future incidents could damage their careers and future prospects, the parent said.
“This is obviously good advice but, at the same time, it’s quite worrying that it essentially stymies and shuts down any other sort of thinking,” the parent told Byline Times. “I find that quite dangerous and scary, that teenage school kids are being tracked by robots controlled by central government. It’s a rural school, we’re a nothing town in the middle of nowhere.”
The school told Byline Times that they had asked students to take the account down as it used the school’s name.
Meanwhile, the press offices of the Department for Education, No. 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office told Byline Times that they had no knowledge of this incident at present. However, an insider suggested that No. 10 Downing Street or the Conservative Party Headquarters (CCHQ) were likely to be monitoring social media for comments about the Prime Minister.
This new year feels more like 1984 than 2020.