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Lyons CSD joins class-action lawsuit targeting social media companies over student mental health

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The Lyons Central School District has become part of a class-action lawsuit targeting social media companies, accusing them of exacerbating a mental health crisis among the youth. This legal move aligns Lyons with several other school districts in the region, addressing concerns over the addictive nature of social media platforms and their marketing strategies aimed at vulnerable young users. The lawsuit targets major companies like Meta, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube, alleging their products contribute significantly to mental health issues among adolescents.


Lyons Superintendent Matt Barr emphasized the district’s commitment to combating the adverse effects of social media on students, highlighting issues such as body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem that can lead to deeper mental health challenges. The district asserts that participating in this lawsuit will not incur any financial burden on its resources. This action follows a similar successful legal battle against vaping product companies, which resulted in a settlement benefiting participating districts.

The initiative reflects a broader concern over the impact of social media on students’ social and emotional well-being, with districts reporting significant disruptions to their educational missions due to social media misuse. As part of a collective effort to safeguard student health, other districts including Phelps-Clifton Springs, Geneva, and South Seneca have also joined the lawsuit, signaling a growing movement among educational institutions to address the risks posed by social media to the younger generation.