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School District to Monitor Student Blogs

Associated Press News Wire (
Tue, 23 May 2006 11:13:06 -0500

High school students are going to be held accountable for what they
post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites such as

The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on
Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular
activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or
inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for
disciplinary action.

The rule will take effect at the start of the next school year,
officials said.

District officials won't regularly search students' sites, but will
monitor them if they get a worrisome tip from another student, a
parent or a community member.

Mary Greenberg of Lake Bluff, who has a son at Libertyville High
School, argued the district is overstepping its bounds.

"I don't think they need to police what students are doing online,"
she said. "That's my job."

Associate Superintendent Prentiss Lea rebuffed that criticism.

"The concept that searching a blog site is an invasion of privacy is
almost an oxymoron," he said. "It is called the World Wide Web."

The social networking Web site allows its nearly 80
million users to post pictures and personal information while
communicating with others.

District 128, in Lake County north of Chicago, has some 3,200
students, about 80 percent of whom participate in extracurricular
activities, according to school officials.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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