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More than a dozen Long Island school districts sue social media giants on behalf of students

More than a dozen Long Island school districts are filing lawsuits against several major social media companies.

The Long Island school districts listed as plaintiffs are South Huntington, Kings Park, Jericho, Great Neck, Port Jefferson, East Islip, North Merrick, Bellmore-Merrick, Merrick, Islip, Brentwood and Westbury. The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County has also filed suit.

The Long Island districts join a lawsuit previously filed in 2022 by districts across the country.

According to the lawsuit, they seek damages resulting from their use of social media products, including physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Social media companies named in the lawsuit include TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said they are continuing to work to make Snapchat a platform that makes friends feel connected while dealing with the challenges of adolescence.