School authority stops at the curb
Fox News just aired a short discussion about schools suspending students because of what they (the students) posted on myspace.com. The question was whether schools had the right to do this.
The schools were acting within their rights if the activities occurred at school using school computers. The report, however, indicated that the alleged offenses occurred outside of school. In that case, the schools clearing were overreaching their authority.
Noting that she was a parent, the panelist defending the schools said she welcomed their action. Not once did she, the other panelist, or the moderator say anything about the parents’ responsibility in these cases. Where were the parents in these cases?
I’m a parent. I appreciate a school’s effort to keep kids safe. However, outside of school what my child does is my responsibility, as is the right and responsibility to discipline that child. The school had better not try to intervene.