Pop Quiz: Student Privacy In Public Schools
A high school finds a teens diary. The principal reads it. In it she discusses marijuana and possible use. No drug is found on the student or in her locker yet they suspend her. This is not a joke this happened in a Missouri school toward the end of the last school year. Now I am not sure how you can suspend someone for writing about drugs in a diary. I am sure this falls under some stupid zero tolerance rule but does the school have a right to read a students private thoughts and then suspend her on not her actions but her words? If that is the case and I were in high school now I would have never graduated. My diary was all full of dark crazy things because I was a teenager full of angst and thought that being goth was cool. Honestly, my best friend at the time would have been locked away. She wanted to be a writer and was always writing stories in notebooks that is all she did and they weren’t always Pollyanna if you know what I mean.
Today’s Pop Quiz: Do students have privacy laws other than FERPA? Do you think that this case is a bit ridiculous or something else is going on? How do you relate to this story?
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