New York high school principal Caterina Lafergola is in hot water after naming suspended students in a newsletter, which could be a violation of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the New York Post reports. Lafergola said the newsletter was only intended for other teachers, but one parent said everyone in the school can see the newsletter, the report states. Fordham University prof. Joel Reidenberg said if student information is disseminated to others, "it is a violation of FERPA." Regardless, “printing suspension information in a staff bulletin is an unnecessary invasion of privacy,” said former Long Island principal Carol Burris. Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reports that the Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the backpack search of a student, which resulted in the discovery of bullets and a gun, was a violation of privacy.
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