Proposed Policy Would Ban Students Posting Photos From School On Web

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A Tampa Bay area school board is considering whether to limit students’ rights to take and post photos and videos from school on the Internet without getting permission first.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Pasco County School Board asked for such a policy in December because too many “inappropriate” images were popping up from schools on sites like YouTube and Facebook. They said they wanted to protect students from having items posted without their knowledge or consent.

The board backed off after its attorney warned about the potential pitfalls of trying to place rules on students’ First Amendment rights.

“The law of unintended consequences is going to rear its head if we adopt this language,” board chairwoman Joanne Hurley told the Tampa Bay Times. She is urging the staff to modify the language in the proposal before it comes back up for approval.

The board discussed the proposed policy Tuesday and will make a decision at a future meeting.

“You don’t tell everyone no. You tell them what the consequences are if they abuse it,” Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino stated to the Tampa Bay Times.

Instructional media director Wendy Spriggs is writing an agreement for the students to sign. She wants the students to learn how to use this appropriately.

She told the Times, “Everyone is struggling with this new world we are living in.”

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