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School Bus Privacy
CISD Says Bus Video Private
By A.J. Swope
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 9:48 a.m.
CANYON, TEXAS -- How would you feel if your child came home to tell you that his school bus driver threatened to kick him off the bus?
One local woman is dealing with that situation right now.
The catch is, the school district won’t even let her see the video surveillance from the school bus.
Teresa Lay told ProNews 7 that after asking a bus driver why he needed to change seats, her son was threatened to be kicked off his school bus.
“He didn’t understand what was going on,” said Lay. “He’d never been made to be in assigned seating. They were told, apparently, that kids heard the bus driver say that he would spank them.”
Lay said that that other children on the bus confirm the incident, but she wanted proof.
So she called Canyon ISD to view the video of the bus ride.
The school district told her that the video is private, and she is not allowed to view it.
ProNews 7 went to Canyon ISD to get some answers.
“We consider our video tapes wherever they’re made private,” said Laurie Cizon, CISD Communications Coordinator. “Without parent permission for the child to be videotaped, and to be shared with the public, we consider those always to be private and educational records.”
ProNews 7 spoke with a local attorney who said that Canyon ISD has the right to keep that tape private, unless more drastic measures are taken.
“It’s school property and there are privacy rights out of the other children on the bus,” said Tate Eldridge. “However, if there is a civil lawsuit that’s filed, there is a process called The Discovery Process. And the mother will be able to request through her attorney, any and all information related to this incident and she will receive the information.”
Lay said she is currently looking for an attorney, but she wishes it didn’t have to come to that.
“I don’t think that’s fair,” said Lay. “I don’t think it’s fair to the children because the parents can’t protect them. Yes everybody should have some extent to privacy, but we as parents need to know what’s going on with our kids in order to protect them.”
As of now, Canyon ISD cannot substantiate any of the allegations.
ProNews 7 wanted to know if the bus driver in question was still driving, but because of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, this information is also private.
ProNews 7 wants to know your opinion on this issue.
To let us know, go back to the home page and cast your vote on our KVII web poll that asks:
“Should parents have the right to view school bus surveillance tapes?”
And don’t forget about the new parent advisory board ProNews 7 is putting together.
We know how much you care about your kid, and we want you to know that we do too.
You can work with ProNews 7 on this board, simply by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.