Mikey1969: To be fair to the principal, the story could be that they didn't want someone posting this all over the 'net, and that the teacher would get adequately investigated, it doesn't necessarily mean that it was an attempted coverup.
JustGetItRight: Earguy: Future Fark: Student charged under illegal surveillance and violation of privacy laws.Probably not in this case. Federal law requires one party knowledge. California is a two party state, but has some exceptions for recording criminal activity.
technicolor-misfit: All I could think was... "sorry, I'm not branding some kid a thief on facebook and spreading his picture far and wide" when, for all I know... you lost your phone and didn't realize it, and he found it, or someone else stole it and left it laying around somewhere so he wouldn't get caught and this kid picked it up.
Barfmaker: Earguy: Future Fark: Student charged under illegal surveillance and violation of privacy laws.In some places I believe she could be charged for illegal wiretapping, maybe that's if there's audio on the video.
lostcat: Next people will be saying that defense attorneys shouldn't defend suspected criminals in court.Yes, they have to defend people, even if those people are incredibly guilty. It's their job.It's also the job of PR people for tobacco companies to spin everything so cigarettes don't seem as damaging to health as they are.It's the job of advertising people to make people want to buy useless crap that they don't need.It's the job of the principal and superintendent of a public school to protect that school's public image.Am I happy about any of these? No. But I recognize when someone is doing what they are supposed to be doing based on their job description.
lostcat: Who said he was trying to cover up anything? You are just assuming that. Just as I'm assuming that he wanted to try to get everyone involved together to work through the problem privately rather than turn it into a public circus, with students being distracted by the possible need to appear in public court to testify against a (well-liked) teacher.A good administrator is going to try to avoid that situation and handle something like this privately.Again, I say that if you would prefer to have the police cars pull up to the school, have the police wander the halls, have students questioned, have the teacher lead away by police in handcuffs, then you probably wouldn't be very popular with the school board that appointed you.
technicolor-misfit: I can't exactly disagree with the principal. I'm not a big fan of "justice by social media."Similarly, a friend's wife had her iPhone go missing at the school she teaches at, and shortly thereafter, some kid's face shows up on her facebook page, posted from her phone, and she saves it and reposts it saying:"My phone was stolen today at school and this is the likely culprit. Does anyone know who this is? Local friends, please repost this."All I could think was... "sorry, I'm not branding some kid a thief on facebook and spreading his picture far and wide" when, for all I know... you lost your phone and didn't realize it, and he found it, or someone else stole it and left it laying around somewhere so he wouldn't get caught and this kid picked it up.Is it highly likely the kid stole it? Sure. But I'm not going to ruin someone's good name and convict them in the court of public opinion when they can't speak up in their own defense.
randomjsa: I am not the least bit surprised that the principals first reaction is to try and cover it up. Part of the problem in our schools is this systematic and union driven "We Do No Wrong" system that is almost as corrupt as the cops.
HMS_Blinkin: How did the teacher not see the girl hiding in the locker? The video shows where she hid, and it wasn't all that subtle./good for the kids for standing up for themselves.
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Many outlets don't even mention that the principal told the kid to delete the videoABC news seems to be a pretty big news outlet. Is the problem that the Bumblefark News and Fish Wrapper Weekly, and "Billy Bob's Blog He Done Writed All By Hisself" didn't report it? I'm always perplexed by complaints about how "no one is talking about X," and then points to a news story about X.
Earguy: Future Fark: Student charged under illegal surveillance and violation of privacy laws.
technicolor-misfit: ...but I'm sure you'd serve as a wonderful rabble-rouser on a lynch mob.
Disposable Rob: technicolor-misfit:Is it highly likely the kid stole it? Sure. But I'm not going to ruin someone's good name and convict them in the court of public opinion when they can't speak up in their own defense.I'm sure you're a great neighbor. That guy going over the fence at four in the morning is probably just going to get his football that he accidentally threw over there. Oh look, it must be in the garage. It's so dark. Good thing he brought a gun; the muzzle flash should light things up so he can see.
technicolor-misfit: But I'm not going to ruin someone's good name and convict them in the court of public opinion when they can't speak up in their own defense.
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