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 May 23, 2011  Court, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Susan Snyder reports:

 

Teacher Harry Drake became so frustrated with disruptive behavior in his Philadelphia public school classroom that he turned a video camera on the students.

A male student lunged at Drake and grabbed the camera, and a struggle ensued.

But it wasn’t the student who got in trouble.

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While it has become increasingly common for schoolhouse fights to be recorded and posted on the Internet, the case raises the issue of whether a teacher has the right to make a video recording of students without their permission and what privacy rights a student has in a school.

“It’s really somewhat new and a little complicated,” said David Kairys, a constitutional-law professor at Temple University. “It’s fairly common to use video for in-class kinds of things, and it doesn’t seem to raise a problem.”

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