For instance, many people change their Facebook names or privatize their profiles when applying for a job in order to keep potential employers from seeing pictures and posts that the employee would like to keep private.
Employer web searches are one thing, but an Indiana HS took social media monitoring to a new level when it expelled a senior student for cursing over Twitter during after school hours, according to Yahoo News. This begs the question: which types of communications are truly private and which one aren't?
The Garrett High School student's tweet contained numerous F-bombs, but was otherwise non-threatening.
What's more is that it was posted at 2:30 a.m., a time at which the student was most assuredly not at school. Nonetheless, the school continues to stand by its decision to expel the student.
Garrett HS discovered the tweet because it has computer system that actively tracks the social media activity of its students. And because the student logged onto his account during school hours, after the original post, the school was able to find and report the tweet in question.
"I don't think the school or anybody should be looking at [my account]. Because it's my own personal stuff and it's none of their business," said the student, who is now forced to attend another high school in order to graduate at the end of this year.
Naturally, Garrett HS students were unhappy with the expulsion das a student-led protest was ended by local police at the direction of school administrators.
This case reeks of First Amendment privacy issues and whether a school may monitor the activity of one of its student's when the student is not on school grounds nor engaged in school activity.
There needs to be a line drawn that a school can't cross when regulating the actions of its students. Here it seems evident that Garrett HS crossed that line.
Because the student is now forced to move away from his HS at the end of his senior year, I would not be surprised if the student and his parents file a lawsuit against the school district because it is likely that a court would find that the school district violated the student's constitutional rights.
What do you think?
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