Locker-room phone photo of Lakeville middle schooler reportedly shared among students

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A possibly X-rated photo of a Lakeville middle schooler has reportedly made the rounds at Century.
Give rambunctious adolescents camera phones what do you get? A big, messy scandal, that's what!

Numerous students at Lakeville's Century Middle School have been suspended after a student snapped an inappropriate photo of another student with a phone, then shared the image with fellow students.

A 7th grader at Century says the "rumor going around" is that 61 students have been suspended, three expelled, and all but one of the suspended students in 8th grade. But otherwise tight-lipped school administrators say less than 50 students have been punished as a result of the scandal.

The Star Tribune reports that "chatter among Lakeville students on Twitter" suggests the scandal began when one female student snapped an "inappropriate" photo of another in a locker room, then sent it to other students. Some students took to social media to crack jokes about friends and relatives who had been suspended after school officials caught wind that the photo had been shared around campus.

According to the Pioneer Press, school administrators became aware on Monday that students were possibly violating a fellow student's privacy electronically. The school released a statement this week saying "we are very limited in what we can communicate as a result of legal requirements and concern for the adolescent students involved," but added that "appropriate actions were taken to address this situation."

Lakeville Police Chief Tom Vonhof said his department is investigating the situation. The students responsible for disseminating the Lakeville photo could face criminal consequences -- in Washington state, three students were charged with disseminating child pornography after passing on nude photos of a classmate that went viral. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors for telephone harassment.

Meanwhile, the 7th grader at Century says that in the wake of the scandal, teachers and administrators have been warning students over, and over, and over again about the risks of using technology inappropriately.

"There's been like 20,000 talks about using electronics appropriately during class," she says.


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duanewyland
duanewyland

Life Time Fitness gym on Charleston Blvd, in Las Vegas it’s 1 of 112 Life Time gyms bases out of MN. They don’t enforce their No Cell Phone policy. I’ve talked with the Chief of Operations and he says it’s a private gym, he can change the policy, and if I’m not comfortable with it, maybe it’s not the gym for me. I told him, more people on cell phones, the more camouflaged one is to take pictures of others without anyone knowing, and if you’re allowing people to text and email, surf, set up blue tooth with cell phones in the locker room (and Life Time Fitness is allowing texting, surfing, email), you cannot say if or if not anyone is taking pictures, unless you can see the screen on their phone, and you cannot judge a person by the way they dress. Life Time fitness has posted 4 new signs but are not enforcing them, and they are saying clearly just not allowed to take or make verbal phone conversations and that cell phones cannot be in picture or video mode. This clearly missed the point when I sat in the men’s locker room hot tub and watched a man sitting at the towel dry off area “texting” while a naked boy was walking by, and the father was either still in the showers or at the sinks. I could not tell if that man was texting or taking a picture of the naked boy.


You see men walking in and out of the locker rooms on phones.  You don't see any one getting their membership removed for being on phones. Everyone assumes people are on their best behavior on their cell phones.


Life Time Corporate still has yet to enforce their stated policy, which they will say they are, say they are trying, and will blame members for being rude, blame attendants for their own interpretations of the rules, or say no one is complaining nor cares if anyone uses their cell phones, instead of enforcing their stated No Cell Phone locker room policy.  I wonder if it is a matter of more concern about membership sales versus initiating and carrying out measures to protect privacy.


More concern with sales of Gym Memberships and avoiding responsibility.  Burden is on the unaware victim. And they advertise Family Friendly! They even have birthday parties at the gym, and there is an onsite day care center.


Life Time Fitness initial sign for No Cell Phones came only after suit in Minnesota when a women in Minnesota Life Time Fitness Locker Room had taken picture of another women nude and posted with no consent and no awareness, resulting in law suit which was settled out of court, prompting the only 1 sign being posted in all 112 Life Time Fitness Locker rooms compared with 10 plus slippery and wet signs.  They just posted the 1 sign and put it in their policy to protect themselves, and will verbally say they enforce the policy so to protect themselves.

if Life Time Corporate wanted to enforce policy, they would: Have attendants enforce policy, sent out email blasts like they did when members held lockers 24 hours, and tell members checking in who are on their phones at front desk of policy.  Right now members are still using phones with no awareness of policy to be enforced. (End of August 2014 into November 2014 when Review article came out, they verbally said cell phones allowed when I complained, causing significant increase in cell phone use).







swmnguy
swmnguy

Minneapolis Public Schools allow cell phones, as long as they're off and not in the classroom.  If they ring or are visible, they are confiscated and returned at the end of the day the first two times.  The third time, a parent has to come in to get the phone.  It's a pretty reasonable policy.  My son turns his phone off once he gets to school, and turns it back on as he's leaving.  I've called during school hours to check on him, and it goes straight to VM, so he's following the rules.

This isn't really about technology anyway.  It's about appallingly bad judgment, as one might expect from 8th graders.  Somebody got their immature, sadistic jollies from this.  When I was in school 35 years ago, there were kids who did things exactly like this, even though we didn't have camera phones.  Would this be a less nasty incident if it had been done with an old Polaroid camera than a cell phone?  If a kid were surfing the web during class on an iPod Touch would that be OK because it wasn't a cell phone?

The school district seems to be handling this the right way.  Massive consequences for everyone involved.  It's about widespread bullying, which is an ancient problem.  There's no need to make new rules in a futile attempt to keep up with technology.  The point is to teach kids to regulate behavior; as it has been since ancient times.

Sparky
Sparky

How about just inventing in a few $100 cell phone jammers and installing them in locker rooms and bathrooms.......

Mike W.
Mike W.

Schools have tried to do that and guess who bitches the most - parents!  Because if the need to get ahold of little Johnny or Susie, RIGHT NOW, they need the phones to do that.  A couple years ago Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton h.s. tried to to a total ban and guess what, the parents raised a stink.

Dr. J
Dr. J

This is why we should hate kids.

Jeff Fecke
Jeff Fecke

Great. My daughter starts there in about 15 months....

jrc
jrc

I know that in MPS and SPPS schools allow all students to carry cell phones.  Its a huge problem but parents complain that they need to be able to get in touch with their kids.  Apparently calling the school and getting a message through the old fashioned way is too cumbersome for most parents to handle. 

PutSomeRanchOnIt
PutSomeRanchOnIt

Evil damn kids. I can't believe this doesn't happen all the time when adolescents have cameras in their pockets everywhere they go.

Elizabeth Summers Boucher
Elizabeth Summers Boucher

How about we take the cell phones away during school hours?  Who among us is surprised that "the electronics are being used inappropriately"? 

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