British Boarding School Eton Has a Major Snapchat Problem

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Boys make their ways to classes across the cobbled historic School Yard of Eton College on May 26, 2008 in Eton, England. An icon amongst private schools, since its founding in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton has educated 18 British Prime Ministers, as well as prominent authors, artists and members of royal families from around the world
Boys make their ways to classes across the cobbled historic School Yard of Eton College on May 26, 2008 in Eton, England. An icon amongst private schools, since its founding in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton has educated 18 British Prime Ministers, as well as prominent authors, artists and members of royal families from around the world. The school caters for some 1300 pupils divided into 25 houses each one overseen by a housemaster chosen from the senior ranks of the staff which number around 160. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Eton College — traditional home of crisp fall leaves, Chaucer recitations, school stripes, and boyish tomfoolery — apparently has a serious Snapchat problem. The school, which was founded by King Henry VI in 1440 and educated Prince William, Prince Harry, and David Cameron, found it necessary to ban Snapchat on its Wi-Fi.

Snapchat's self-deleting image and video messages were forbidden over concern that teens were using the application in an inappropriate manner (read: sexts). The school thinks about half its students use Snapchat. Headmaster Tony Little stated:

It [Snapchat] is blocked from the Eton wireless internet system. Boys can still use it via the 3G network but we hope that blocking it on our network will, at least, make them think twice.

Because, as everyone knows, there's nothing like banning something in a high school to rapidly usher it out of the door. Nothing like a schoolwide statement of concern to decrease its badass factor. Particularly when the statement includes helpful information on how to easily circumvent the ban. The best laid plans of mice and men often result in continued monkey business.