ST PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Education has asked Clear Channel Communications to pull all sponsored public service announcements from its radio stations after a series of provocative tweets by DJ Dave Ryan.
On Tuesday morning the longtime host of KDWB-FM's "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show," sent listeners a tweet soliciting cities and high schools for him to make fun of.
The results which included references to specific schools and phrases referring to drug abuse, teen pregnancy, intelligence and socioeconomic status caught the attention of Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
"We can never underestimate the power of words and their impact on others, especially children. As a parent, an educator and the state's education commissioner, I find it troubling that anyone-especially an adult-would use social media or any platform to make light of serious issues facing young people or to perpetuate stereotypes," Cassellius said in a written statement.
"While the Department of Education appreciates the work we have done collaboratively with Clear Channel Communications to promote literacy, we have asked them to pull all Department of Education sponsored public service announcements from their stations."
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