Andy Rathbun reports:
A cell phone is not a backpack.
That’s the message the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is relaying to the Oak Harbor School District as its school board considers a controversial policy on cellphone searches.
The proposed policy would allow students’ cell phones to be searched by school administrators when they believe they have reasonable cause.
District officials compare the proposal to looking through a locker or backpack — common in many school districts. The policy is meant to address issues such as cyber-bullying. The policy would extend to messages and images sent outside school hours if the content is shared during the school day.
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