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This is going WAY too far...

6:29 a.m. May 23, 2006

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites such as MySpace.com.
The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of “illegal or inappropriate” behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action.

The rule will take effect at the start of the next school year, officials said.
District officials won't regularly search students' sites, but will monitor them if they get a worrisome tip from another student, a parent or a community member.

Mary Greenberg of Lake Bluff, who has a son at Libertyville High School, argued the district is overstepping its bounds.

“I don't think they need to police what students are doing online,” she said. “That's my job.”

Associate Superintendent Prentiss Lea rebuffed that criticism.

“The concept that searching a blog site is an invasion of privacy is almost an oxymoron,” he said. “It is called the World Wide Web.”

The social networking Web site MySpace.com allows its nearly 80 million users to post pictures and personal information while communicating with others.

District 128, in Lake County north of Chicago, has some 3,200 students, about 80 percent of whom participate in extracurricular activities, according to school officials.


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May. 23rd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
That is not too far from me.
Its fucking crazy!
May. 23rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
It reminds me a bit of this: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/51691#1312828 situation, but with some important differences.

Parents alone should be monitoring what thier kids are up to. Teachers should simply be teaching!
May. 23rd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thats what many parents are saying here!

School only goes so far,it makes me mad they think they have the right.
to parent kids on weekends and at home!
I just think there is something really wrong with this!
May. 23rd, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)

Now, I won't argue that kids don't post some dangerous/illegal/provocative stuff, but WHAT in the world does that have to do with school???

I think its because the school admin see it as an extension of the "real world" relationships they have at school (where they spend 60% of thier waking hours) and therefore the admin feel compelled to police that as well.

And I just saw something on msnbc about Video surveillance being installed in the NYC subways... don't get me started on that.... :)
May. 23rd, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm all for teaching kids that there are real life repercussions for things you do online, but jesus. This is getting out of hand.

Maybe the student body should just flood the administration with an inordinate amount of "illegal activity" discussed on myspace.

May. 23rd, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Some smart kid should find out how many of those teachers and administrators have myspace, livejournals, etc and "out" them - because you KNOW some of them must. Then they'd be under similar scrutiny by parents I think.
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