California school district to monitor student social media

GLENDALE, CA. (CNN) – One California school district says Facebook postings are fair game when it comes to monitoring student behavior.

Glendale, California is paying a private firm more than 40-thousand dollars a year to report on social media activity.

14-thousand middle and high school students, who are over 13, will be monitored on twitter, Facebook and other sites.

The firm will be trolling for posts referring to subjects like violence, drug use and bullying.

During a pilot project last spring, counselors were able to intervene when a student spoke online of ending his life.

While the school says the program is helping bridge a digital divide, critics are calling it stalking, and an invasion of privacy.