Boy, I missed this but here's a report from KOMO-tv about a new policy passed by the Board last night. From the article:
What Seattle school students post on public sites such as Facebook or MySpace could get them in trouble -- even if done at home on their private computers, according to a new policy going into effect for the coming school year.
For example, if you were to write, "I'm going to kick your butt" on another student's page and the school principal hears about it, they can do something about it, even if you wrote it from your iPhone miles away from campus.
Apparently the district itself won't be monitoring the sites but if a parent or a student "alerts" them to something written online, they'll look into it.
What if a over-zealous principal or counselor monitors the sites? Is that acceptable or only reports from outside the district?
The reporter asks, "What about if a kid says something negative about a teacher?" Free speech or not?
The district spokesperson says, "I think, again, that would be up to the principal to decide after he's taken a look."
The principal? Really, judge and jury all in one?
Boy, this has trouble written all over it, going both ways. I get that the district wants to head off trouble (and avoid possible lawsuits) but kids sometimes say (and write) crazy things. I'm sure you can find suicide talk, murder talk, crude talk and downright mean talk. Does that mean every student who says something stupid is going to act on it?
Hey, look who's interested in this policy - the ACLU.
P.S. Luke Duecy, the KOMO-tv reporter, was having a very hard time today getting anyone from the district to talk to him. The Board passes a fairly controversial policy and they didn't think anyone would want a comment from the Board or the district?
Here is the changed/added wording from the handbook about electronic issues:
The District will respond to off-campus student speech that causes or threatens to
cause a substantial disruption on campus or interferes with the right of students to be
secure and obtain their education.
When away-from-school jurisdiction is asserted and a crime has been committed, schools
generally report the crime to the proper law enforcement agency. A school may, however, have
jurisdiction over offenses that are not criminal in nature.
Deliberately arranging a fight or willingly participating in such an arranged fight not
involving anger or hostility, that creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to the
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The District retains the right to respond to off campus student speech that includes using
electronic means to set up or arrange a fight, such as, but not limited to, texting, Face
Book©, My Space© or other social Internet sites, if the fight occurs or is to occur on
school grounds, or just before or after the school day.
The District will respond to off-campus student speech that causes or threatens to cause a
substantial disruption on campus or interference with the right of students to be secure
and obtain their education. Substantial disruption includes, but is not limited to,
significant interference with instruction, school operations or school activities, violent
physical or verbal altercations between students, or a hostile environment that
significantly interferes with a student’s education.
Not on the same subject but new as well:
Advance written permission must be submitted to the school principal for a student who by statute can have pepper gas/spray in his/her possession.
Under Theft,burglary and malicious mischief:
Stealing school district property or the property of a staff member, student, or school
This includes theft of intellectual property, such as, but not limited to, looking at or
taking a teacher’s test or notes for a test, artwork, or any other teacher or student
- Using another writer’s words or ideas without proper citation, or merely rearranging or changing a few of the author’s words and presenting the result as your own work, or not using quotation marks when citing a source;
- Having someone else write your paper, program, or project, including asking friends, paying someone, using a paper writing service, or taking information verbatim off the Internet.
- Copying another student’s work during a test, lab, or classroom activity and turning it in as your own. This is ―cheating‖.
Parents must be told about their right to appeal and that an appeal must be initiated within three days of when the parent received notice of the misconduct.
It used to be two days.