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Halcitron
July 3rd 03, 11:42 PM
>From: (Winston Smith)
>Newsgroups:
>misc.consumers.frugal-living
>Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 09:44:30 -0600

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>In article >, wrote:
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>And why are they not putting the school administration in jail for child
>pornography?

It isn't a child-pornography issue, under the law. It is a school safety and
securety issue, complicated by concerns over privacy.

If the site was advertised and if subscriptions were sold, then it becomes a
very sortid affair for the participants.

We are the early participants in the Internet, call us the lab-rats, but we
have the responsibility to guide/mold the Internet into what it will become,
respective of the BOR. Computer/Internet technology is in its infancy, we must
tread carfully through the quagmire of problems, and make careful choices about
the future.



>> July 1, 2003
>> Tenn. Parents Sue School Over Cameras
>> By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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>> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee middle school allowed security
>> cameras to film children undressing in locker rooms and then stored
>> the images on a computer accessible through the Internet, according to
>> a lawsuit filed by a group of angry parents.
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>> The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Nashville seeks $4.2
>> million in damages.
>>
>> The parents contend the school system violated students' rights by
>> putting hidden cameras in boys and girls locker rooms at Livingston
>> Middle School. The cameras reportedly captured students, ages 10-14,
>> in various stages of undress.
>>
>> ``The parents have been devastated by the conduct of the school
>> officials, by the videotaping and by the breach of trust,'' said
>> attorney Mark Chalos, who represents the parents of 16 girls and one
>> boy.
>>
>> Chuck Cagle, lawyer for Overton County Schools, said he wouldn't
>> comment because he hadn't read the lawsuit.
>>
>> EduTech Inc., the company that installed the surveillance cameras in
>> several Overton County schools also was named in the lawsuit.
>> Officials with the company had no comment.
>>
>> Parents learned of the cameras when a student reported a suspicious
>> device in the school at Livingston, about 80 miles east of Nashville.
>>
>> The lawsuit contends that images captured by the cameras were stored
>> on a hard drive in the office of the assistant principal could be
>> accessed from remote computers by the Internet. It claims the
>> computer's password security had not been changed from the factory
>> default setting.
>>
>> The images were reportedly accessed 98 times between July 2002 and
>> January 2003 -- sometimes late at night and early in the morning --
>> and through Internet providers in Tennessee and South Carolina.
>>
>> William Needham, director of Overton County Schools, said the
>> assistant principal has been transferred to another school in the
>> system.
>>
>> Chalos said he doesn't know if the cameras are still operating.
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