Target: Dr. Warren Mata, Superintendent Schuylkill Valley School District
Goal: Demand justice for student suspended for being videotaped having sex without his knowledge
A Pennsylvania high school student is suing the Schuylkill Valley School District after a video of him having sex with his girlfriend taken without his knowledge on a school trip was circulated around the school. During a Spanish Club trip to Morocco, a third student taped the couple having sex without their knowledge and started sharing the video with others. Once the boy in the tape found out, he went to school officials for help. Instead of helping him, the school suspended him for four days along with his girlfriend and the student who made the tape.
The suspension occurred despite the fact that only sex on school grounds is prohibited and it was expressly stated that sex on the trip would result in being sent home as opposed to being suspended. Worst of all, officials told teachers about the incident and named the couple involved, completely violating their privacy. The boy is suing to have the suspension taken off his academic and for invasion of privacy. The boy who made the video is facing charges.
This boy was a victim of a crime and went to the school for help. Not only did he not receive any help, he was punished. He is entirely within his right to sue and the school district should concede to his demands because they were clearly in the wrong. The boy didn’t make or circulate the tape and was understandably upset when he found out. The school failed him in his time of need so they must make it up to him and settle immediately. Demand that the school reconsider their actions and handle this case appropriately.
Dear Dr. Mata,
The student currently suing the Schuylkill Valley School District over the sex tape controversy is completely right to do so. He had his privacy violated twice: once when the tape was made and circulated without his knowledge and once when school officials deemed it necessary to name him to the faculty. Most importantly, his trust in your district as the safe haven all schools should be was violated when he was suspended. This boy and the girl involved were victims. The only violation they committed was having sex on a school trip, which should have only resulted in their being sent home.
Obviously teenage sex is a touchy issue with school officials. It is obvious that those involved acted rashly because they heard the term “sex” and punished all involved indiscriminately because teenage sex is so taboo. But the fact remains that the school punished him for his own victimization when he needed your help most. If you want your students to feel that they can come to your school officials when they need help, you must concede to this student’s demands in court and offer a public apology.
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