March 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM ET
Well, you can't say they weren't warned.
Thirty-three students at a Jewish girl's school in CrownHeights, Brooklyn ponied up a $100 each after they were stone-cold busted usingFacebook. This, after signing a contract with BeisRivkah High School this year in which they agreed to not use the social network,the New York Daily News reports.
“It’s not a modest thing for a Jewish girl — orman or woman or student or father to be on," head administrator Rabbi Benzion Stock told the New York DailyNews. "There is a lack of privacy and dignity."
The decree is in keeping with Tzniut, a group of laws emphasizing modesty and humility, and observed within the Orthodox Jewishcommunity. BeisRivkah is a Hasidic school, but this isn't the first time Facebook, modesty andprivate schools have clashed.
St. Theresa’s College High School in Cebu City in the Philippines barred a senior from participatingin her class's graduation ceremony on Friday because she posted abikini-clad photo of herself on Facebook.
According toCebu Daily News, the girl was "cited forviolating five provisions in the [St. Theresa’s College High School] StudentHandbook" which include a rule against "posing and uploading pictureson the Internet that entail ample body exposure," and "engaging inimmoral, indecent, obscene or lewd acts."
The crackdown at Beis Rivkah High Schoolcame last week after administrators discovered some of their 495 students stillactive on Facebook, according to the New York Daily News. Head administratorStock said parents were "shocked" to learn their daughters were stillusing the social network.
One sophomore who said she's Facebook friendswith her mom, isn't happy with the crackdown. “If I posta picture, I don’t just send it to everybody," Sarah Freid, 15, toldthe New York Daily News. "I don’t do badthings online,” she added. “I’m friends with my mom.”
All 33 girls were asked to delete their accountsby the end of the week, but they'll get their $100 back at the end of the year.