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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.


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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