I don't know. I have never heard of Myspace.com, so just out of curiousity, I went there to wee what it was. On the surface, it appears to be a
perfectly healthy website for young people to share music, stories, etc... Of course I didn't click on the links and explore it in depth, but I can
see at least
two ways that the school was way out of line - no matter how they try to excuse their actions.
For one thing, if a student is doing well, or come to think of it, even not so well in school, as long as the kid doesn't appear to be abused or in
real danger, I can't think of any
reason what-so-ever a teacher, principal, whomever in a school district could possibly have for involving
themselves in any of their students' lives outside of school. The job of educators should start and stop at the classroom door. Of course. I could
see and understand a dedicated teacher noticing that a student is suddenly doing poorly in a subject, or something of that nature and want to perhaps
talk to the student after school to find out if there is a problem that he/she could help the child with.
Or maybe if a student has been acting out and disrupting the class, a call or meeting with the parents would be in order. But only in the capacity of
trying to educate the child the best way possible, and in the best interest of the child and the rest of the class.
Anything outside of that, should be strictly up to the parent(s) to deal with. Certainly what a student looks at on the Internet, what books they
read, what games they play, etc... outside of school should in no way be any business of the board(s) of education. And IMO, if they attempt to make
it their business, disciplinary action, if any, ought to be taken against the teacher/principal/other member of the board of education.
It seems as if now a days just about anyone who is in any sort of position of authority at all, takes that authority, no matter how small or large it
is, and totally abuses it. This is what the world is coming to. Be it the police, that one is getting way out of hand, and so are the schools, the
legislators, judges, and all the way on up the line. This is no way to attempt to make a good people out of the new generation. This behavior
teaches nothing but mistrust, fear and disrespect of those who at one time held the utmost trust and respect.