[vet-mm] tricky situation

Stuart James Bush subscriptions at sjbsolutions.com.au
Tue Apr 22 17:28:11 EST 2008

Not sure what to say. I just want to wish everyone that goes through  
this type of thing the best of luck.
I agree that the punishment may of been a bit harsh, but it's  
uncontrollable at times.

We know our rights as teachers, but what rights (or wrongs) do the  
students know about when it comes to this sort of thing!

Best of luck, Stuart.

On 22/04/2008, at 4:58 PM, Jeanean Pritchard wrote:

> Hello all,
> I've just had a tricky situation arise here and I'm keen for your  
> opinions/thoughts or accounts of similar incidents.
> During one of my multimedia classes, a student of mine took a  
> photograph of herself and one of her friends as part of a classroom  
> task. Later that evening in her own home, she placed it onto her  
> own facebook page.
> The controversy is that in the background of the photograph, there  
> was another student wearing his school uniform, logo clearly  
> showing. That student's parent got wind of the photo, and made a  
> formal (and quite vocal) complaint to our school.
> As a result, my student (the photographer) was placed on a type of  
> school suspension, very close to being formally suspended from  
> school. She was also asked to remove the photograph from her site.
> I agree this is an issue. I'm not really sure how it should be  
> dealt with, or what our legal obligations are to our parents or our  
> students. I understand why the parent was concerned, and I'm not  
> sure how we can police our students like this outside of school  
> hours. How much of the world can we really control? I was very  
> disappointed about the punishment given to my student. She would  
> never intentionally hurt anyone. She has a very near perfect  
> behaviour record for the four years she has been enrolled. She was  
> mortified to be in such serious trouble. She took her punishment  
> without complaint. Thankfully my student also had her mother's  
> support. Her mother did not approach the school at all, but did  
> quietly confide in her daughter that she believed she had intended  
> no evil and not to worry about it.
> I know that something must happen, and the school must find a place  
> to stand on this issue. In this case I believe a stern warning/talk  
> would have been more appropriate. My school is currently debating  
> about this issue, and trying to form some sort of policy. I'm  
> interested to hear if anything similar has happened to anyone else,  
> or what policies/procedures your schools have in place when an  
> issue like this arises.
> Jeanean Pritchard
> Highview College
> jpritchard at highview.vic.edu.au
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