A Better Idea of What Happened
Well, now we know at least some of what purportedly was seen.
From The Associated Press:
Of course, even if it was a drug (I'm not sure I'm buying the Mike n Ike story), let's think about this:
1. If you suspect illegal activity, you should notify the police so they can investigate, right? If this principal thought the kid was selling drugs, the best way to handle that to ensure consequence is through legal means. By using an illegal method - wiretapping - she allows the case to be compromised and consequence avoided.
2. Assuming it's a drug, how do they know it's illegal? Could it be a prescribed drug, or even, say, a Tylenol? Is this vice principal a pharmacist or expert on visually identifying illegal drugs? Is the webcam picture good enough to even identify what the pill is?
3. How is this any of the business of educators? It's one thing to sell or take illegal drugs on school property. In the person's private home? Not the business of the school, sorry. Has nothing to do with their role in educating our children.
You could stretch by saying they want to remove a dealer from the population who puts students at risk. Not the way to go about this though. Illegal + illegal does not make legal. It allows illegal to escape true consequence.
I don't for one minute think this has anything to do with "safety". I think that this District wanted to find a way to expel this kid because they believe he's a 'bad apple' and used this technology as a means to 'catch' him so they could do just that. Not saying the kid is good or bad, I don't know him. For all I know he really *is* the biggest dealer in Harriton. By obtaining 'evidence' illegally, the school pretty well guaranteed that the dealer would never face charges, because no court would touch a case with illegally wiretapped evidence. Also, isn't that what Narc's are for - to infiltrate and catch the dealers in schools? We had them 30 years ago and while we kids could spot some of them I know for a fact we didn't spot all of them.
Is this a rogue use, though, or is it something endorsed by, condoned by, or even embraced by, folks in the Administration?
Reminding yet again: These are my thoughts, not representative of any organization I am a member of in any capacity. They're mine alone, like 'em or not.