- Dec 23, 2006
It's not a complete lack of trust between citizens and it's government, its our laws. It's in the same privacy vein as why a hotel/motel cannot install cameras in its hotel rooms, or why there cannot be cameras in bathrooms. In the US, we have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Now, the government has every right to circumvent these laws if, beyond a reasonable doubt, there is suspected illegal activity. At that point, a warrant will be issued and the police can wire tap, monitor, and do just about anything else they want in that vein. Remember, innocent until proven guilty. Every citizen has these rights .. until the scale tips towards illegality.. which in itself is kinda scary, honestly. That's why people in general are weary about things like the Patriot Act, that give the government even more power in these matters.
Let's not forget that we're talking about minors here, too. That changes everything. If these were university level adults, they would still be in a world of hurt. But because it involves minors, its twice as bad. They have violated the rights of both the children and the parents.
These kind of actions go against our very core values as citizens of the US.
But also don't forget that schools are not the government. They are not the police. They are funded by the government. They don't have the same ability to, at times, revoke our privacy rights (a la patriot act).
This is more akin to your employer providing you with a laptop and checking in on you at home than a law enforcement agency spying on you