Texas High School Removes Restroom Doors, Invades Students’ Privacy?

urnial It’s a somewhat common form of punishment for high school students: taking their door off it’s hinges. However, you usually think of this happening in the student’s bedroom at home, not on their high school’s restrooms. Yet, this is exactly what has happened at McKinney North High School in Texas. The school says it removed the doors to “keep kids safe,” but many think the real motivation for removing the doors was to prevent students from having sex in the restrooms.

“We’ve had a dialog about removing the doors from the restrooms for a couple of years,” said Cody Cunningham, a spokesman for the McKinney Independent School District. “The students felt like the reason we were removing them was because of some inappropriate sexual behavior in the restrooms, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The fact that the removal of the doors coincided with a time when officials were reprimanding students for inappropriate displays of affection in the hallways gives the students’ argument more strength. The school district claims that these two events are not related, but it still seems suspicious to me.

“We have schools in the rest of our district that don’t have doors on the restrooms so this isn’t the first one,” said Cunningham.

Even if McKinney North High School isn’t the first high school to remove the restroom doors, parents and students are still upset. Many are saying that this is an invasion of the students’ privacy. The school says that because there is not a direct line of sight from the hallways into the restrooms, it is not an offense.

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The Dangers of Sharing Too Much Personal Information Online

girl with laptopWe all know that you need to be careful about what you put up on Facebook. Those drunken pictures from last weekend might come back to bite you when a future employer is doing a background check on you. But what about sending information to your friends? Turns out, that might not be the best idea either.

Karen Owen graduated from Duke University in 2010. She recently compiled a 42-slide Powerpoint presentation titled “An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics.” In this presentation, Owen gives detailed accounts of 13 Duke athletes she had been sexually involved with. She ranks each guy, according to their physiques, sexual prowess, and other factors. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida School Fires Fourth-Grade Teacher for “Fornication”

Jarretta Hamilton with her husband and daughter. Image via AOL news.

Jarretta Hamilton with her husband and daughter. Image via AOL news.

Fourth-grade teacher Jarretta Hamilton found herself jobless after requesting maternity leave, reports AOL News. Hamilton admitted to school authorities that she conceived before her April marriage. In a letter explaining her termination from Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, it states that she was not fired because of her pregnancy, but because of “fornication, sex outside of marriage.” They felt that Hamilton had violated the school’s values, which all teachers hired at Southland Christian must agree to uphold.

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