The Camdenton School District has incorporated an objection procedure into its internet access policy. The procedure put in writing and approved yesterday says a parent, legal guardian, student, district resident, or employee can request that a website be blocked by the school’s filter.
Looking at the overall suit against the district from the ACLU over its internet filter, school attorney Tom Mickes said during the meeting the school would not be rolling over.
The issue of parental consent was brought up at the meeting, with speakers again asking that a student not be allowed to request access to prohibited sites anonymously. Mickes says the students really don’t remain anonymous.
A speaker at the meeting said students do not have the same Constitutional rights as adults. Mickes says that is true to an extent.
The school is being sued in federal court for by the American Civil Liberties Union for violating student’s First Amendment rights by blocking certain websites.