Thank you for the post, how much time passed between your daughter observing the students and telling on them?
She said she saw them doing it on Wednesday and then she saw them do it again Thursday and told on Thursday.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX to understand correctly, the school is stating that because your daughter saw the other students before telling that she violated the student privacy laws?
No, She actually saw the computer screen of what the other students were accessing from the laptops. The assistant principal said because she saw the restricted files with her eyes, that she "viewed" the files and was also going to be punished. She's never been suspended or in trouble like this ever.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX order to know that the other students whom she told on were viewing she had to look at the computer screen. The logic that your child was to report that the other students were viewing content/filed impermissibly without knowing what they were viewing is illogical.
The assistant principal said that students were warned not to access the files that were being accessed. My daughter said a power point presentation project was what all student were supposed to be working on, but she saw the other students accessing files that were not their own presentations.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX raise the defense that the children must first have committed the violation before your child could report the violation, but in order to report the violation your child had to first know what files were accessed (hence the need to view the files)?
The assistant principal said she was just as guilty for viewing the files. I think the school is trying to put blame on the students for accessing files because they are trying to shift the blame from themselves. This is a violation of federal law for the school not to properly protect other students work, files, etc. I don't know if I should contact media to expose them, have an appeal done, or get a letter written by an attorney to expose them.
and Yes, I did bring up that point. That my daughter told and had to see it to tell on kids.
ok, the most prudent approach here would be to retain counsel to send the school a letter advising that unless the suspension is lifted you will file suit against the school on the basis that the suspension is unwarranted and the rationale in support dubious at best as a 5th grader is not savy enough to crack or hack into what should be a reasonably secure intranet or server.
Okay. I think this makes sense. I will speak with my attorney in the morning. Thank you very much for the information you have given me.
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