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Suit Filed After Texting Case

STUDENT PRIVACY

August 12, 2011

The Toronto Star reports on a lawsuit filed by the grandparents of a Saskatchewan student whose vice-principal confiscated his cell phone after it rang in class and read the then 12-year-old's text messages. The student was then required to assist police in recovering a stolen vehicle, and the grandparents are alleging school officials invaded the boy's privacy and "jeopardized his safety."  The school board has said the teen did not have "any reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to text messages sent or received by him using his cellular telephone during school hours" as it was in violation of school policy, the report states.
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