Hilton and Greece school districts join lawsuit against social media companies

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HILTON, N.Y. — The Hilton and Greece school districts have both joined a nationwide lawsuit accusing social media companies of contributing to the declining mental health of students.

The Greece Central School District Board of Education voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to join the lawsuit that names Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok. The Hilton Central School District joined the lawsuit last week. The lawsuit already has more than 200 participating districts nationwide.

Greece’s deputy superintendent says for too many children, social media use is compromising their sleep and valuable in-person time with family and friends.

The lawsuit is seeking a monetary judgment. Greece district officials say this is less about money, and more about getting social media companies to change their practices.

Superintendent Kathleen Graupman said: “I just share also that I’m proud to be in a district that stands up and does something. So we might not have the perfect answer or the right answer, but I will say when we identify a problem, we do something.”