Chesapeake & Midlantic
Did he try a FOIA request?
Was the school's reasoning that the very fact of the children's attendance itself is part of their educational record?
As long as it for an interested party involving an incedent I don't see why not. I don't think anyone should have access via the web...
This could be a great new tool for those with an axe to grind or a personal score to settle -- unparalleled access to the children of one's chosen target! Parents probably understand better than most that the process of raising a child delivers many teachable moments, and now here's an opportunity for anyone to grab those moments and help them attain even greater public accessibility, perhaps even living forever on youtube!
As for school staff and management, I'm sure they will appreciate having their every step second-guessed by parents (or actually anyone at all) with nothing better to do than criticize, day in, day out. This is a natural extension of recent trends in reality shows -- what a great new sport!
If public access to these videos were to go through, it would not be surprising to see a massive de-installation shortly thereafter.
Because I've used unflattering sarcasm to address legitimate questions on the advisability of reasonable limits to public access of "public" videos, and also having experienced precisely this sort of third party harassment, I'd prefer to remain non-Googlable.
Ultimately, isn't student safety really the responsibility of the school administrators?
I'd be curious to find out if this run in between the two students was adressed by the school and in what manner, if it was. Is the parent concerned not enough was done? None of that is clear from the article and it would be difficult to judge the merits of the case from where I'm sitting based on the information provided in the article.
I can understand that a parent should be concerned with the well being of his child, but does that mean he should be allowed to chaperonne his child and accompany him to school everyday, attending classes and going out to the schoolyard to play dodge ball with him at recess and lunchtime, to make sure the school authorities are doing their jobs?
What about journalists? Should they be allowed to run free in public schools?
I would assume those must be have been some of the things the judge considered when he rendered his judgement.