It’s not often that I agree with the work the ACLU does, but every once in a while they’re on the right side of things. Minnewaska Area Schools agreed to a settlement for $70,000 and will rewrite their policies to limit how much leeway the school has when wanting to search student’s e-mails and social media accounts when they’re created outside of school.
Riley Stratton, in 6th grade at the time, posted on her Facebook page that she didn’t like a particular hall monitor because they were mean. Soon thereafter school administrators called her into the office after receiving a complaint about it, and with a Sheriff’s Deputy present, she was forced to give over her password to her private account.
I have long been opposed to schools having the authority to discipline students for their conduct off school property. I think what a student does on their own time is their business and their parent’s responsibility. The school doesn’t own the students.
These kinds of policies began to appear when schools began taking the role of parent for the students. And frankly, a student’s personal life is none of their business.
Do you think schools should be allowed to intervene on students’ conduct when off school property? Should schools be permitted to monitor or have access to students’ social media accounts?