Students disciplined if they record, post fights at Laurens HS

LAURENS CO., S.C. (WSPA) – The Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent spoke to the students of Laurens District High School Wednesday about unauthorized video recordings.

Dr. Stephen Peters addressed the students after the incidents that occurred at the high school last week.

He told the students that they would face consequences if they recorded fights on their cell phones, or other wireless communication devices (WCD), and uploaded the video to social media and/or sent them to news media.

Peters said he was going to enforce school board policy regarding the acceptable use of WCDs.

The policy states:

Students are prohibited from using WCDs or RDs [recording devices] to capture, record, or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e. pictures, video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or while attending a school-related activity without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording or transmission of such words or images. Using a WCD or RD to take or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of any individual without his/her consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted.”

According to a press release, students at Laurens District High School, and of Laurens County School District 55, sign an acceptable use policy each year regarding the use of technology and acknowledging their understanding and intent to comply with the policy.

The release says that if students fail to abide by the policy, they will face appropriate consequences.

Peters stated that the students who participated in and recorded the fights last week made up a very small group and that he was “proud of the 1,590+ students who chose to do the right thing.”

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