Illinois Highschool Will Monitor Myspace

Myspace is quickly becoming Theirspace. In so-called “Libertyville” Illinois:

    “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.

    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, saying, “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.”

No, it’s called a logical fallacy and you sir, committed one. Searching a blog or “blog site” may not be an invasion of privacy, as the item is public, but then holding an individual responsible within a delineated area, school, is. Go back to preventing peroxide substitutes from having sex with minors. And while you’re at it, look up a little thing called the Peace of Augsburg.

School District to Monitor Student Blogs” [AP]


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  1. CorporationsAreAwesome says:

    One parent who understands her job. Now what about the other 50 million?

  2. Josh says:

    My wife is a counselor and psychotherapist working at a school, and I could understand the appeal–students are often willing to post more candidly and personally on their blogs and social networking sites that they would in conversation with an adult. Why then do so many colleges and universities have explicit rules forbidding student affairs staff from participating in sites like FaceBook or MySpace? Paradoxically, it is precisely because of student candor. If a student were to post, say, morbid poetry and then attempt suicide and it were found that school employees had read the poetry and did not act, the school might be held liable. But students post lots of morbid or disturbing work but engage in comparatively little self-injurious behavior. And there’s no way even a highly trained professional, like my wife, could separate the dangerous from the banal. Parents and students interviewed seemed most upset about the invasion of privacy, the inappropriateness of holding students responsible for activities outside of school, and for usurping parental responsibility. I hope that the school board has also considered their liability if students and their families come to expect the monitoring?