ERIC Number: ED473370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Sex and the Computer.
Friedman, David R.; Mukamal, Stuart S.
The scenario: Pictures of children in various states of nudity are discovered in an elementary teacher's desk. What does one do? This paper offers guidance, much of it based on common sense, for administrators who may find themselves in a situation fraught with serious consequences if a mistake is made in determining the truth. Court decisions are provided for specific legal guidance. Immediate issues to address are as follows: (1) Is there any right way to proceed? (2) Why and what is one going to investigate? (3) Are there any documents that need to be looked at before starting the investigation? (4) Does one talk to him or search his desk and/or his computer as the next step? (5) If one is going to conduct a search, is it by the administrator or with help from the police or some other outside entity? and (6) Can he be forced to talk, and what can be done if he refuses to talk? The issues associated with this type of situation are complex and require careful actions. The purpose of this paper is not to stop one from taking action, but rather to alert one to problematic areas so that pitfalls can be avoided. (RT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Balancing Rights: Education Law in a Brave New World. Papers [of the] Education Law Association (ELA) Annual Conference (48th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 2002); see EA 032 361.